Published on June 26th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro1
Kia Soul EV Way Cleaner Than The Diesel Model
June 26th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
The Kia Soul EV is a big deal for the Korean automaker, and the environment. Over a lifetime of operation, the Kia Soul EV is much cleaner than the diesel-powered version it is compared to.
In places like Europe, diesel engines are popular for their fuel economy and torque, and like most automakers, Kia offers numerous diesel engines for European customers. But when it comes to low emissions, nothing beats an electric vehicles. This is doubly so for the Kia Soul EV, which accord to German technical inspection group TUV Nord, has 40% lower “Global Warming Potential” than the diesel-powered Kia Soul.
This analysis factors in every aspect of the Soul EV and Soul diesel, from production to materials used to actual vehicle emissions. Kia hopes to sell about 5,000 Soul EVs annually, with the electric box-on-wheels coming to U.S. dealerships later this year. Pricing should be around $39,000, about par for course, though it remains to be seen if this funky electric cube can capture the attention of Gen Y buyers.
Production of the Soul EV began last month, and will hit U.S. shares later this year.
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