According to leaked documents that reached the web, Kia might be looking to slightly upgrade the Soul EV with the introduction of a 30-kilowatt-hour battery instead of the regular 27 kWh pack.
It’s not exactly clear whether the change will be available on a global level – including in the United States. According to one of the documents, Kia’s new battery would increase the model’s range in the Korean testing cycle to 112 miles (180 kilometers) – against the standard 92 miles (148 km). Another leaked document from Germany shows the Soul EV will travel 155 miles (250 km) based on the New European Driving Cycle’s evaluation – surging from 132 miles (212 km) now. As far the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States is concerned, the Soul EV has a rating of 93 miles – if the gains would be similar, then range would surge to 113 miles.
The change would be the first major technical improvement for the Soul EV, after the company updated with slight equipment improvements for the 2016 model year, and also introduced a new entry-level version. The Soul EV remains behind the pack of upcoming long-range electric models: Chevrolet Bolt/Opel Ampera-e with 238 miles (383 km), with the Tesla Model 3 and second generation Nissan Leaf considered to also go for more than 200 miles (322 km) on a single charge.