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A disguised 2014 Kia Soul on the road  (Source:
The automaker's first EV will be based on the next-generation Kia Soul

Kia is set to become an electric vehicle (EV) maker for the first time with an upcoming all-electric vehicle in 2014.

Not many details are known about Kia's first EV other than the fact that it will be based on the next-generation Kia Soul, and that it will be released in 2014.

According to AutoCar, the next-generation Kia Soul is set to debut sometime next year at either the Chicago or New York auto shows, but won't be released until 2014 as well. The new Kia Soul is expected to have a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for 164 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque.

An EV based on the Soul isn't Kia's first plunge into greener autos. The automaker also released its first petrol-electric hybrid -- the midsize Optima HEV -- in the U.S. and South Korea nearly two years ago, but the model was just recently released in Europe. It has a 148 horsepower Atkinson cycle petrol engine, a 39 horsepower electric motor and a lithium-polymer battery pack.

Source: AutoCar

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RE: So
By GotThumbs on 10/9/2012 10:12:34 AM , Rating: 2
My brother actually owned one of those diesel Olds. He loved the fuel economy he got with it. Diesels have gotten better and not appearing as a "diesel" car these days.

I have a diesel truck (Cummins straight six) and I average 24-26 MPG each tank.

CAFE standards IS 99% of the reasons for this and more that will be coming down the road from other brands. Its not that they even expect to sell thousands of these...its just to meet the CAFE standards.

Businesses will find ways to work around the regs and be profitable, regardless of blocks put in its way by big government.

RE: So
By GotThumbs on 10/9/2012 10:15:52 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not saying that the EV concept is bad, but I think there are many more innovative solutions out there.

These kind of models are temporary pacifiers.

RE: So
By Mint on 10/9/2012 11:19:17 AM , Rating: 2
Diesel isn't a solution either:
We're almost maximizing the amount of diesel we can get from the oil we consume.

PHEV will become cheaper than gas/diesel over its life time. It's basically there already. The longer we delay EV production (e.g. just letting the free market decide), the longer it will take for prices to hit and pass cost parity; moreover, it would be waving the white flag and letting China become the dominant producer of batteries and EVs.

RE: So
By SigmundEXactos on 10/9/2012 10:35:57 AM , Rating: 2
It's worth repeating that EPA mileage and how CAFE mileage are calculated are very different. EPA's mileage is calculated based on actual driving conditions (now). CAFE is using a calculated mileage based on some complex set of variables. So a car that gets 20MPG CAFE gets about 13MPG EPA (and presumably in real life). Also, MPG's aren't linear, so moving from 20MPG to 30MPG is a lot harder than 30MPG to 40MPG (a much smaller actual gain in fuel consumption)

RE: So
By Mint on 10/9/2012 11:00:58 AM , Rating: 2
20MPG to 30MPG saves more fuel than 30MPH to 40MPG, but the latter is harder to achieve as it's closer to the what's physically possible.

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