Soul EV

Soul EV

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.

Features


APMP 2015 Awards

APMP 2015 Awards

Nissan Qashqai wins the top prize from the APMP.

More »

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.


Reviews Archive

View all reviews by make and model


More from Life & Style

  • Chance to win Dubliner Cheese for a year!

    IN Food

    Chance to win Dubliner Cheese for a year!

  • RTÉ One launches a new property series, Home of the Year

    IN Homes

    RTÉ One launches a new property series, Home of the Year

  • On the Road with Louise McSharry

    IN Travel

    On the Road with Louise McSharry

  • The Blanket Cape by Ciara O'Doherty

    IN Fashion

    The Blanket Cape by Ciara O'Doherty


  • X
    Join

    Use your RTE ID to Join

    • Upload your style photos
    • Create and save recipes
    • Review and Comment
    • Have your say
    help Whats this?
    Don't have an RTE ID? register