Chicago Auto Show: Kia Soul EV image

Kia has officially pulled the wraps off the new Soul EV during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, which is basically the first electric car signed by the company which will go on sale locally.

The 2015 Kia Soul EV has been already caught on camera several times by our spy photographers and now has gone official during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The model has a unique front fascia, an integrated charging port into the front grille, LED daytime running lights, projector beam headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Super Low Rolling Resistance tires, Eco Electric badging and much more.

The interior design of the “green” Kia has received features like the EV-specific climate control system, the GPS navigation system, the rearview camera, the power driver’s seat, Bluetooth, cruise control, 3.5-inch OLED screen which is providing information about the charging time and the energy flow and others. The cargo capacity stands at 541 liters (19.1 cubic feet) and the rear legroom has been reduced by 3.1 inches by the conversion.

The Kia Soul EV is taking its power from an electric motor and a 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The total output produced stands at 109 HP (81 kW) and 284 Nm (210 lb-ft) of torque. The 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration will take less than 12 seconds and top speed has been limited to just 90 mph (145 km/h). The total range on a single charge stands at 80 – 100 miles (130 – 160 km). The model will go on sale in the third quarter of this year.