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Published on March 28th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Kia Soul EV Coming To US Soon — A Closer Look (VIDEO)

March 28th, 2014 by  

Editor’s Note: I think the Kia Soul EV has the potential to be a top-selling electric vehicle. It has mass appeal, good range, is all-electric (thus, very efficient, clean, and easy & cheap to maintain), and it is supposed to have a low price. It won’t appeal to everyone — no car does — but I think it has all of the qualities needed to compete with the top-sellers. Have a look and let us know what you think:

Kia To Launch EV Soul In Summer Of 2015 (via Planetsave)

Kia will be launching the EV Soul this summer — most likely in California and Oregon first, then in some eastern states such as New Jersey, New York, and Maryland. Here are some quick facts about the coming electric vehicle: air-cooled 27-kilowatt…

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  • Jim Seko

    “Kia To Launch EV Soul In Summer Of 2015
    By: Jake Richardson, 3/25/2014 10:04:59 AM
    Kia will be launching the EV Soul this summer”

    I’m confused.

  • JamesWimberley

    The ROK has strong incentives for evs, which will help Kia reach economies of scale. It does look as if this is a real product, not a sample produced for image-building.

  • The KIA Soul EV will likely not succeed in 120 miles of range. According to InsideEVs:
    “Target range of 80 to 100 miles according to Kia”

    The 120 miles is on which driving cycle? Japanese? European?

    Also on InsideEVs: “Kia announced what we assume to be a finalized range figure for South Korea of 92 miles per 100% charge.”

    I have no knowledge about the South Korean driving cycle and how it compares to EPA.

    Also, 120 miles seems impossible with a 27 kWh battery (about 10% larger than the LEAF’s) and a vehicle that doesn’t look very aerodynamic, and probably isn’t.

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