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The Kia Soul EV can travel up to 100 miles on a charge

The number of electric vehicles available in the U.S. market is soon to grow by one. Kia Motors today announced the 2015 Soul EV, which is the fully electric version of its very popular Soul (a vehicle that was fully redesigned for the 2014 model year).
 
The Soul EV features an 81-kW electric motor that is good for 109 hp and a respectable 210 lb-ft of torque. However, even the generous amount of torque isn’t enough to make the Soul EV anything other than slug-like in acceleration — the company is quoted 0-60 times of “fewer than 12 seconds.”
 
Top speed for the Soul EV is 90 mph; so don’t expect to be able to keep up on the highways in and around the Atlanta area (unless there are a couple of inches of snow/ice on the ground, then you’ll be just fine). The vehicle uses a 27 kWh, air-cooled battery which features 96 lithium-ion polymer battery cells.

 
Kia says that the range of the Soul EV is anywhere from 80 to 100 miles, although “internal testing” has shown that the vehicle is capable of surpassing 100 miles on a charge. Given Hyundai/Kia’s recent penchant for exaggerating mileage claims, we’ll wait for the reviewers to verify these claims.
 
Recharging the 360v battery pack (from empty) can be accomplished using a standard 120v outlet, but that will take 24 hours. The recharging time, however, can be cut down to just five hours with a 240-volt outlet.

 
Besides the reduced performance and driving range compared to its gasoline-powered sibling, the Soul EV also loses three inches of rear seat legroom (36 inches versus 39.1 inches) and 5.1 cu ft of rear cargo space (which now stands at 19.1 cu ft).
 
The Soul EV is set to launch later this year; official pricing and EPA official EPA figures will be released closer to launch.

Source: Kia Motors





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