The world’s toughest auto boot camp – Kia weathers the extremes

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The world’s toughest auto camp – Kia weathers the extremes

To extremes would you go to get the best car on

For the past few months, Kia’s have been testing the Kia EV in Swedish Lapland, a little than an hour’s drive the Arctic Circle, where can fall as low as -35°C. It has proven to be one of the most challenging climates to the Soul EV has been subject.

our engineers can’t wait for to return, they are also to prove the durability and driveability of the EV. The result of their hard is a range of cars that are engineered and proven to operate in of the most extreme weather on earth.

Frozen: How the Test Starts

The development programme starts day with a full evaluation of the car a night spent sitting in sub-zero temperatures. The vehicle team first ensures all of the car’s moving parts, and out – including doors, bonnet and as well as interior switches and continue to operate as normal. also test all the major systems, such as the electric and door mirrors, before on to the main driving systems – steering, brakes and traction in particular.

Sub-zero temperatures mean snow stays on the ground for at a time, giving engineers the to test the car’s powertrain, steering and suspension in conditions very little grip.

Top-notch Technologies till

This punishing programme far beyond the typical conditions Soul EV owners are likely to in day-to-day winter motoring. Not is the ground frozen, but lakes in Lapland also freeze during the winter. With ice 600 and 1,000 mm thick, it’s a environment for engineers to test a lightweight passenger car. tests are carried out on snow and with full-bore acceleration high-speed braking manoeuvres and a handling test, thoroughly the vehicle’s on-the-limit ride and

It is an ideal place to test electronic stability control and traction control systems.

on in the new Soul EV development programme, identified the need to dramatically cut the consumption of the car’s Heating, and Air-conditioning (HVAC) system. An vehicle can have its effective range slashed by up to 50 percent extreme cold temperatures.

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Testing the performance of the new HVAC in such conditions ensures reduction of energy consumption and the efficiency of the Soul EV’s polymer battery. Four new technologies are designed also to load on the car’s battery. among these is a new heat which draws on heat the air-conditioning and electrical systems to efficiently warm up the cabin.

Warmth to Go Around

A world-first ventilation system cuts off all and ventilation to the foot-well and dashboard on the passenger side, while ventilation allows the driver to the car to heat itself up while plugged into the grid. of these technologies help the car greater range in colder

Finally, a new smart air intake system monitors and controls the of air entering the cabin, cooling or the car more efficiently and minimising the use of or air-conditioning during a journey.

EV drivers will find it to be the companion for low emissions urban when it goes on sale this year, but the comprehensive programme behind the development of the car farther than the urban A very reassuring thought, it?

Watch the Soul EV undergo winter testing in Swedish

Learn more about winter testing activities this interview with a Kia

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