Electric powered vehicles being unveiled left, right and centre. Kia, not wanting to be left out has shown off their new Kia Soul EV along with some special insights into their next-gen hybrid powertrains.
The Kia Soul EV will be the brands first globally sold electric vehicle and will be available later in 2014. We have asked Kia Australia on whether we can expect to see the car here in Australia.
Powering the Kia Soul EV is a 27kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and sends that charge to an 81.4kW electric motor that produces 285Nm of torque. Kia have said that you should be able to expect a driving range of 200km on a single charge. This is great news for city dwelling people.
With the Kia Soul EV using the platform of the new Soul, there should be a great level of handling with an already low centre of gravity, new chassis and new materials that are designed to reduce noise, vibration and ride harshness.
From what we can discover, Kia has put a lot of effort into this EV as they have put in some cool energy-saving technologies to increase the driving range of each battery. Some of these things include advanced heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technologies, including a world-first ‘driver-only’ individual ventilation system. There will also be four-mode regenerative brakes and a battery heating system.
One big sticking point for a lot of prospective buyers is the life of the battery in the car. We know that batteries in phone and other items like laptops, but what about Kia’s batteries? Well they’ve stepped up and backed it with a 7 year/150,000km warranty.
It’s great to see so many electric and plug-in hybrid models coming to market and we anticipate the Kia Soul EV to be a solid contender.