Set to go on sale in the United States market in the third quarter of 2014 - and in Europe after that - the Soul EV will be Kia's first all-electric, zero-emissions car sold in the US.
It will expand the brand's line of environmentally conscious vehicles.
The Soul EV uses a highly energy-dense, lithium-ion polymer battery.
Located beneath the floor, the 27kWh, air-cooled 200 watt-hour/kg battery is expected to yield a range of approximately 80-100 miles of real-world driving on a full charge, with internal testing and evaluation results exceeding 100 miles in some instances.
Soul EV uses Kia's third-generation regenerative braking system to capture up to 12% of the car's kinetic energy, which is fed back into the battery while the Soul EV is coasting and braking.
Soul EV drivers can choose between four different regeneration modes.
The Soul EV plugs into any standard 120v outlet or a conventional 240v EV charger.
Two charging ports are standard, including a SAE J1772 port for Level 1 and Level 2 AC, and a CHAdeMo DC fast-charging port (480v).
Recharging times vary from 24 hours for a fully depleted battery using a standard 120-volt outlet, and under five hours when plugged into a 240-volt outlet.
An 80% charge can be achieved in 33 minutes with a 50 kW-output charger.
The front-wheel drive Soul EV is powered by a 109hp electric motor.
The motor delivers its power to the front wheels through a single-speed, constant-ratio gear reduction unit.
For the benefit of pedestrian safety, the Soul EV is equipped with a Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS) that emits an auditory alert at speeds below 12mph and whenever the car is in reverse.