2014 Kia Soul EV gets detailed image

Kia has released the first details on the 2014 Soul EV, which will make its market debut at the beginning of next year.

After confirming its plans to offer an all-electric version of the Soul sometimes next year, the South Korean based automaker Kia is placing the model into the spotlights once again, by detailing the company’s first ever EV, to be sold outside of South Korea. The Kia Soul EV will ride on aerodynamically shaped 16-inch alloy wheels and the model will get LED positioning lamps, LED rear combination lamps, projector style headlamps, a different instrument cluster and an 8-inch display, amongst others.

The 2014 Kia Soul EV will get a 27 kWh lithium-ion battery, which should provide the model with a total range of 193 km (120 miles) before needing to recharge it from a standard 240v outlet, with a 100 kW fast charger, a procedure which has been reduced to just 25 minutes from 5 hours. Power is being provided by an electric motor which is good for 109 HP (81 kW) and 284 Nm (210 lb-ft) of torque, mated to a single-speed constant gear reduction unit. The 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint takes just 12 seconds and top speed stands at 145 km/h (90 mph).