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Published on June 20th, 2014 | by Important Media Cross-Post

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Kia Soul EV Production Begins

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Editor’s Note: The Kia Soul EV is one of the most eagerly awaited electric vehicles slated for market. Not because it’s a wicked awesome vehicle, but because it’s a mass market vehicle that is supposed to have a good price. It could end up one of the top EV sellers if the price is right and production is scaled to that level. Good news is that production is now starting…

Kia Soul EV Begins Production In Korea (via Gas 2.0)

Production of the Kia Soul EV  begun at Kia’s factory in Gwangju, Korea this week, with the first Kia Soul EV available for sale in North America in the second half of 2014. While Kia has previously offered electric cars – the Venga EV and the…

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  • Benjamin Nead

    Earlier press releases I saw for the Kia Soul EV indicated that it would be a California-only compliance car. Has this changed? Anyone know for sure?

  • http://www.shapeways.com/shops/greendimension Tony Reyes

    So is the range still claimed to be 120miles? Seems high from a pack only 3kWh higher than a LEAF.

    • Steve Grinwis

      The leaf seems to get poor range for its battery pack, for some reason. Both the smart and the i-miev have packs 60 % the size, but more than 60% the range.

  • Ronald Brakels

    Plenty of perfectly serviceable town cars have 0 to 60 times of over 15 seconds, so a time of 12 seconds isn’t bad at all. And for a town car it’s the 0 to 40 time that really matters, since 99% of its accelerating will be done in that range, and because of the way electric motors work this may be better than the 0 to 60 time would suggest.

    • Bob_Wallace

      City driving?

      It’s the zero to creep speed that matters….

      • Ronald Brakels

        Coming from Wonwoomba I have to say I always feel creeped out if I can see another car on the road when I’m driving. But in our cities these days new drivers are taught to stomp on the accelerator and stay close behind the car in front in an attempt to squeeze more transportation out of our congested roadways. When I learned to drive we were told the minimum stopping distance for a car travelling at 60 kilometers an hour and were expected to use that as a “safe” following distance, as if hard to spot solid diamond walls blocking our roadways and causing instant deacceleration to the car in front were a common problem.

  • Wayne Williamson

    This is excellent news. The more sources for EVs the better. Cheaper ones are even better. I wonder if Korea has a “giga” factory for lion batteries…probably….

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