As we slowly find out more details about the first battery-driven car to be sold outside Korea, we also found out that Kia plans to sell the model based on the acclaimed Soul in Europe, not just the US.
While sibling brand Hyundai is focusing on hydrogen fuel cells as its zero-emission vehicle technology of choice, Kia is betting on battery EVs to help it comply with toughening global emissions standards.
The Soul EV will use an electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery pack that sends 109 hp to the front wheels. Kia says the Soul EV can be fully recharged in five hours using a domestic electricity outlet or to 80 % of its capacity in 25 minutes using a fast-charging station. Kia is targeting a 200km (120 mile) driving range on a single charge for the EV. By comparison, the Renault Zoe EV has driving range of about 150km (90 miles).
The Soul EV can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in less than 12 seconds and has a top speed of around 150km/h (90mph), according to Kia. For pedestrian safety, the Soul EV will emit an artificial engine sound at speeds of less than 20km/h (12mph) and when the car is in reverse.
Kia has not released pricing details for the Soul EV, but media reports suggest it will cost about 30,000 euros. By comparison, BMW’s i3 EV, which goes on sale in Germany on November 16, will cost 34,950 euros.
Via Automotive News Europe