Kia's new Soul EV will be on assembly lines next month. Will have 13 Km range advantage over Nissan Leaf!
Kia is reportedly set to begin producing it’s all-electric Soul Electric Vehicle next month at its Korean factory.
The hatchback will be the first plug-in electric vehicle from the Hyundai/Kia partnership to be exported from Korea, ever. Those interested in owning a piece of history will have an opportunity to buy the EV in the US, Europe among others, as well as the Canadian market—which just saw Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper sign a free-trade agreement with South Korea. This will mean the prices of Kia’s and Hyundai’s alike will have drastically lower prices due to the lack of importing tariffs.
The Soul EV will likely give drivers up to 148 kilometres on a single charge, which is slightly further than its rival Nissan Leaf’s 135 kilometre range. The 27 kwH lithium-ion polymer battery can be recharged in as little as 24 minutes using a fast chargers, or a modest four hours on a standard 240-volt circuit.
The electric system in the Soul is said to produce around 109 horsepower with a very decent 210 pound feet of torque that will be fed through a single-speed reduction gear rather than a traditional transmission. Expect a 0-100 km/hr time below 12 seconds, with a top speed of a mind-numbing 144 km/hr.
Although its design is practically the same as the now primitive-feeling gasoline-burning Soul, the EV edition brings unique paint colors, 16-inch wheels, as well as LED lighting. Kia has not released specific pricing details for all markets, but it will likely cost around 42 million won (~$43,816 Cdn) in Korea. We can likely expect to see the Kia Soul EV to be in showrooms around 2016, hopefully the free-trade agreement will be in force by then!