2015 Kia Soul EV stands out on its debut in Chicago Autonet ca

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2015 Kia Soul EV stands out on its debut in Chicago

Kia Soul EV-interior

It’s no secret that in the past year Kia has made an impression at almost every auto show. For the Chicago Auto Show. they presented the global debut of the 2015 Kia Soul EV.

If the Soul EV wasn’t enough of an impression Kia brought out soulful blues singers to set the mood and a life-size tuxedo-wearing hamster (there was a man dressed up as one) to pose in front of it. They were taking no chances in getting noticed.

It was a big reveal and achievement for the Korean-brand, as the Soul EV is the first all-electric, zero emissions car sold by the Korean-brand. Their efforts went further than just rolling out a new EV they were honoured by the Underwriters Laboratory and given eco-friendly certification for the use of 20-plus bio-friendly materials.

It’s based off of Peter Schreyer’s redesigned front-wheel drive Soul crossover with obviously an electric motor in place of the 1.6-litre or premium 2.0-litre engines. It will be an 81.4kW electric motor that produces 109 horsepower and 210 lb.-ft. of torque. The battery is located under the body of the vehicle, which only affects some rear legroom and cargo area, but offers a more stable ride.

Travelling distance is always crucial when it comes to EVs and the Soul can go 130-160 kms on a full electric charge. It won’t be the fastest moving thing, as it does a 0-100 km/h in just less than 12 seconds.

KIA Soul Electric Cars

Just remember, the more fuel efficient you drive the more kilometres you will get out of it and to assist you in that process, Kia provides you with four different regeneration modes. Your first choice is whether you want Eco-mode on or off, once that decision is made you can choose either “Drive” or “Brakes.” For the most efficient regenerative braking, choose Eco-mode to be on and in “Brakes” mode.

The new Soul EV is at the forefront of Kia’s ‘Clean Mobility’ program and will offer an even more environmentally friendly option to our customers when it goes on sale later this year, said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia. The Soul EV retains the fun and funky style as well as the packaging efficiency and utility that have made the gasoline-powered Soul such a huge hit with consumers. And to that winning combination it adds useable real-world range and multiple charging options, making it the perfect EV for everyone.

The Kia Soul EV will not be available to all, but only to a select few states in the United States, including California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Kia plans to further expand their sale zone, but want to start out with the major EV markets that have the infrastructure in place. There was no mention of it coming to Canada as far as we know.

Pricing should be released during the spring season.

KIA Soul Electric Cars
KIA Soul Electric Cars
KIA Soul Electric Cars
KIA Soul Electric Cars
KIA Soul Electric Cars
KIA Soul Electric Cars
KIA Soul Electric Cars
KIA Soul Electric Cars

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