Electric Kia Soul unveiled in Chicago Perrys Car Industry News 22014

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Electric Kia Soul unveiled in Chicago

Kia’s first production electric car, the Soul EV, has been presented to attendees of this year’s Chicago Auto Show. The zero-emission car is expected to go on sale in the UK during late 2014.


The electric version of the Kia Soul retains the distinct boxy styling of the standard car. A significant difference however is the new bespoke front grille, which houses the electric charging points.

Other new design features on the Soul EV include LED daytime running lights and taillights and 16-inch alloy wheels which have been especially made to be as aerodynamic as possible.

Moving the Soul EV along is a 108bhp electric motor relying on a lithium ion battery pack. The batteries are located beneath the floor of the Kia but this has little impact on cabin space for passengers.

There’s also minimal intrusion to rear boot space allowing the Soul EV to be among the most spacious and practical electric cars around. The Kia Soul EV will also be one of the most all-round stylish entries to the UK electric car market when it arrives, competing with alternatives like the Nissan LEAF and the Renault ZOE .

The Kia Soul EV has a limited top speed of 90mph and when fully charged has a claimed travel distance of up to 100 miles. In some test runs a travel range beyond 100 miles has been achieved by the Soul EV. Kia also expects that its electric car will be able to go from a standstill to 60mph in less than 12 seconds.

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An interesting safety feature on the Kia Soul EV is called the Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS). This emits an auditory alert when the car is travelling at speeds below 12mph or when it is reversing.

Depending on what kind of socket is used, a single full charge for the Soul EV can take anywhere between 24 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet or under five hours when using a 240-volt outlet.Kia has also revealed that with a 50kW-output fast charger the Soul EV can be charged to 80 per cent in just 33 minutes.

While in Chicago the Soul EV was unveiled alongside the new Optima Hybrid. The latter is Kia’s first production hybrid car but the South Korean manufacturer is not currently planning to bring it to the UK market.

The standard Kia Soul meanwhile, available with a selection of 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines, is currently priced from £11,800.

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