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Kia Gets Green in Chicago Soul EV, Optima Hybrid

Sales of the new EV, which will be to charge at participating dealers, be limited to such coastal states as California, Oregon and New

CHICAGO Kia uses its Windy stage to launch two new eco-friendly its first electric vehicle in the and a refreshed Optima Hybrid.

The Soul EV, on sale in third-quarter and based on the second-generation ’14 marks the first time the has offered an all-electric model in the

The automaker reiterates many of the released earlier, however it the range, now projected at 80-100 (129-161 km) instead of 120 miles km).


Kia announces the car has more 20 parts, or 10.9 lbs. kg), of bio-friendly materials.

“The Soul EV retains the fun and style, as well as the packaging and utility that has made the Soul such a huge hit consumers,” Orth Hedrick, president-product planning for Kia Motors says in a statement. “And to winning combination it adds real-world range and multiple options.”

Initially the Soul EV be sold in the country’s EV hotspots, California, Oregon, New York, New and Maryland. Infrastructure and demand for EVs determine whether sales beyond the coasts.

Kia details specifications of the Soul EV’s pack, which it calls a energy-dense lithium-ion polymer”

The 360V, 96-cell, 27-kWh pack is air-cooled. A nickel-cobalt-manganese is used for improved capacity and a anode is employed for weight and durability reasons, Kia says. Li-ions use silicon-based anodes recharge faster but have recharge cycles.

The Soul EV is powered by a liquid-cooled, AC permanent magnet, 81.4-kW motor. Multiple layers of not only improve efficiency but motor whine, Kia claims.

The EV has a third-generation regenerative-braking system, can capture up to 12% of car’s kinetic during braking or coasting.

are four selectable regeneration to choose from: Drive or mode, with Eco mode off or on.

The location beneath the car’s lowers the Soul’s center of and prompts a 5.9% increase in rigidity over the gasoline-engine due to added cross bracing.

The location cuts rear-seat 3.1 ins. (7.9 cm) and takes 5.1 (144 L) out of the cargo area due a fan and 120V-charger storage.

A spent EV battery should charge in 24 on a 120V outlet or five on a 240V outlet.

The car has a single port for 120V/240V and another port for 480V charging.” All ports are behind a door on the Soul EV’s grille.

Kia is offering free to Soul EV owners at any of the U.S. selling the car.

The charging necessitated a larger grille for the EV compared with conventional

Other design tweaks unique 16-in. alloy with low-rolling resistance LED positioning lamps and taillights; and rear fascias with trim; and an “Eco Electric” on the fender replacing a “Soul”

Inside, the Soul EV has unique accent trim on the center instrument and door panels.

of the bio-based materials include on the audio system surround is free of the petrochemical BTX and cellulose- and cane-derived plastics used in the carpeting, roof pillars and panels.

Standard cloth and optional seats come in gray blue stitching or blue

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The Soul’s heating, ventilation and system limits power thanks to an available heat which captures surplus from the electric system and it into the cabin.

Other HVAC technologies include ventilation, stopping airflow to the vents; scheduled ventilation, preheats or precools the cabin the car is plugged in; and air-induction control, the temperature inside the EV via management of cabin air.

Also power usage are Kia’s organic LEDs (OLEDs) in the 3.5-in. (8.9-cm) instrument which details energy and charging time, among EV factoids.

Free for the first years of ownership is Kia’s UVO EV infotainment system, with Verizon cellular service. The features information specific to EV such as the ability to search for the public-charging station.

Initially the Soul EV will in just three color all with a contrasting roof: body-blue roof; blue roof; and silver body-white

Pricing for the Soul EV will be closer to launch. The standard-powertrain has been one of Kia’s top selling in the U.S. Sales last tallied 118,079 units, an of 2.0% from 2012, data shows.

Meanwhile, Kia reveals updates made to the Hybrid.

The car, which in ’11, gets revised and rear fascias that aerodynamics.

The powertrain goes for ’14, making 199 hp from its 4-cyl. gas engine and 47-hp motor.

Fuel economy 36/40 mpg (6.5-5.9 L/100 km) for the LX grade and 35/39 mpg (6.7-6.0 km) city/highway for EX Optima Hybrids.

A third green vehicle is on Kia’s Chicago stand, the urban hybrid city car last year’s Frankfurt Show.

The Niro, with dihedral “butterfly” doors, and a roof, hints at a possible production car for Kia.

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