| 2013-11-13 | 0 Comments

The new all-electric version of the Kia Soul is scheduled to go on sale in overseas markets during the second half of 2014. It will be Kia’s first electrically-driven, zero-emissions family car marketed outside Korea.

Kia_Soul_EV_1Although it is Kia’s first globally-sold all-electric vehicle, the Soul EV is the second-generation battery electric vehicle and significantly benefits from in-depth experience gained from development of the Ray EV. Kia launched domestic sales of the Ray EV in Korea in late 2011 and has gained real-world experience of daily operations by supplying a fleet of Ray EVs to government departments and public offices.

Kia_Soul_EV_2The front-wheel drive Soul EV prototype test cars are built on modified versions of the 2014 Kia Soul and are powered by an 81.4 kW electric motor, producing a generous 285 Nm of torque. The motor delivers its power to the front wheels through a single speed constant ratio gear reduction unit. Equipped with a high-capacity 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, the Soul EV will be able to drive more than 200 km on a single charge.

Kia_Soul_EV_4Thanks to instantly available torque, the electric drivetrain will ensure that the Soul EV is a fun-to-drive vehicle with rapid acceleration (standstill to 100 kph is predicted to take less than 12 seconds) and a top speed in the region of 145 kph. To maximise the efficiency and potential range of the Soul EV, regenerative braking captures and recycles into the battery the energy generated while the car is coasting and braking.

Kia_Soul_EV_3Charging is accomplished by plugging the Soul EV into any standard household electricity supply. Recharging times are up to five hours for a fully depleted battery using a standard 240 V or 230 V household outlet, or 25 minutes on ‘fast’ charge with 100 kW output. Because of its nearly silent operation, for the benefit of pedestrian safety, the Soul EV will be equipped with a VESS (Virtual Engine Sound System) that emits an audio alert at speeds below 20 kph and whenever the car is reversing.

Soul EV will offer buyers added sparkle with  projection type headlamps, LED positioning lamps, LED rear combination lamps, plus aerodynamically shaped 16” inch alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, Soul EV will be fitted with a unique Supervision instrument cluster and center stack with an eight-inch display screen. Appropriately for an eco-friendly vehicle, interior components and trim will use an increased range of recycled materials including Bio Plastic, Bio Foam, Bio Fabric and Bio PET Felt, together with low volatile organic compounds and newly developed antibacterial materials and paint.

Kia_Soul_EV_5A fleet of disguised prototypes of the new Soul EV is currently undertaking an intensive test program at Kia’s world-class Namyang R&D facility in Korea, as well as in Europe and North America, before manufacturing of customer cars begins in 2014.

Tags: , , , ,