Tuesday, November 12, 2013


The Soul's electric motor will produce 109 hp, with instant torque of 209 lb.-ft., and a targeted range of 193 km
Kia Soul EV undergoing tests
Kia Motors today announced that an electric version of its funky Soul crossover will go on sale in the U.S. and Canada next year as a 2014 model.
Electric vehicles (EVs) may not be for everyone, but they are great for lowering manufacturers’ fleet averages for both emissions and fuel consumption. With a targeted range of 193 km, Soul EV will be most useful for urban commuters.
It will be the automaker’s first zero emissions vehicle to be marketed outside the home market of Korea.
“Although it is Kia’s first globally sold all-electric vehicle, the Soul EV is our second generation battery electric vehicle and significantly benefits from the in-depth knowledge gained during development of the Ray EV sold in Korea,” said Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors America director of product planning.
Soul EV will be powered by a 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack that can be recharged from fully depleted in five hours using a standard 240-volt outlet or in 25 minutes with a 100 kW fast charger. Like all electric and hybrid vehicles, energy will be regenerated into the battery during coasting or braking.
The electric motor will produce 109 hp with instant torque of 209 lb.-ft. and will deliver its power to the front wheels via a single speed constant ratio gear reduction unit. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h should be in the range of 12.0 seconds with a top speed of about 145 km/h.
Because it operates so quietly, Soul EV will be equipped with a virtual engine sound system (VESS) that emits an audible alert, generated electronically, when in reverse or at speeds under 20 km/h for the safety of pedestrians.
The FWD EV is based on the gasoline-powered Soul, which was redesigned for model year 2014, influenced by the 2012 Kia Track’ster concept.
The unique cabin features a range of recycled materials, including bio plastic, bio foam, bio fabric, plus newly developed anti-bacterial materials and paint.
Neither the exact date of availability, nor pricing was announced.