The Kia Soul electric version has been officially unveiled to the public last month during the Chicago Auto Show and now it’s time for the European version to be unraveled.
The Korean Hyundai-Kia duo seem to have branched between them the alternative powertrain struggle, with the first focusing into developing fuel cell electric vehicles and the latter striving to enter the battery electric vehicle segment.
The Soul EV is the first production all-electric model for the company, and it’s destined to test the current consumer desire for such a model – early adopters of this type of powertrain among automakers have had mixed results. Now, the race is on and any carmaker that sits this one out could loose big time in the future.
The environmentally conscious consumers will have no problem distinguishing the model from the regular Soul, as the EV model has been modified to adopt a unique ne front fascia that encompasses the charging port.
In order to accommodate the 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (which Kia says it has a class-leading 200 Wh/kg energy density), the cargo capacity is smaller than in the usual Soul, at 541 liters.
The 27 kWh battery delivers its power to a electric motor that develops 109 hp (81 kW) and 284 Nm of torque, letting the Soul EV reach 100 km/h in less than 12 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 145 km/h (limited). The range is somewhere in between 80-100 miles (129-161 km).