Kia Soul EV

Full Electric
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The Soul EV serves as Kia's compliance car but, unfortunately, has one of the shortest ranges in the industry.

Range

Based on EPA cycle

111miles (179 kms)

Battery

30kWh

Latest Model Year

2018

Price

MSRP - Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price

US$33,950

Performance

Top Speed92 mph
Acceleration9.7 seconds (0-60 mph)
Torque210 lb-ft
Power90 kW

Charging

Home Charging*Full charge in 4-5 hours
Fastcharge PortCHAdeMO
Fastcharge SpeedCharged to 80% in 32 minutes
*Home charging speeds require a wall-mounted charger to be fitted. While EVs can be plugged directly into your normal wall outlets, charging is very slow.
MORE ABOUT CHARGING
There are multiple ways to charge an EV:

Slow (Home and some Public Chargers)

Each EV has an inbuilt charger capable of receiving AC power. The charging port could have different fittings depending on where you are in the world. Even the same vehicle model sold in different countries could have different implementations.

Type 1 (SAE J1772 or "J Plug")

This plug is common in Australasia, Asia, the US and Canada.

Type 2 (IEC 62196 or "Mennekes")

This plug is common in Europe.

Fast Charging

Only available in some public chargers, this uses DC power to charge the battery directly. Each EV has a maximum speed at which it can be charged, and batteries are only fastcharged up to 80% capacity to ensure battery health. There are a number of different port configurations.

Many fast chargers will have multiple connectors, and power capacity (which is increasing as the technology improves).

CCS (Combined Charging System)
CCS ports are a combination of the slow charging port and an extra 2-pin socket. Therefore they can be either Type 1 or Type 2.

Type 1 CCS Combo
Type 2 CCS Combo

CHAdeMo

Developed in Japan, the CHAdeMO is common in vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf.

Tesla

Tesla developed their own fastcharge connector, although in some countries without proprietary Tesla chargers, the vehicle has a cable to adapt to CHAdeMO or Type 2 CCS.

How Fast Can An EV Charge?

Slow charging (home and public)
Slow charging is limited by the lower of: the EV's onboard charging speed, or the output of the wall-mounted charger you are plugged into. Charging speed is measured in kilowatts(kW). For example: your wall-mounted charger can output 32 Amps at 240 volts = 7.68 kW of power, however your EV's onboard charger is 6.6 kW - then that is the maximum speed. The higher the battery capacity, the more time it takes to charge.

Fast charging
DC fast chargers are being built with higher capacities, however this is still limited by the hardware limitations the EV manufacturer has placed on the battery. Most DC fast chargers start at 40kW (many have a much higher capacity).

Specs

Body TypeCrossover
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity97.1 cu-ft
Cargo Capacity19 cu-ft

Sales Numbers (USA)

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Cumulative Sales to Date (USA)

Kia Soul EV Pros & Cons

The Soul EV serves as Kia’s compliance electric vehicle and, as such, is only sold in 10 U.S. states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

Although the Soul EV only exists to comply with individual state standards, it does shine in some areas.

Roomy?

The subcompact 5-door crossover seats five in its 97.1 cubic feet of space, which is impressive when compared to its rivals. It has three inches less legroom than its fuel sipping cousin but, thankfully, no space has been lost in the front.

The Soul EV also has 19 cubic feet of cargo space, but this can be increased to 49.5 cubic feet with the Soul EV’s 60/40-split rear bench folded down.

Poor Range & Performance

Coming in at just 93 miles, the Soul EV has one of the worst ranges in the industry. This range comes courtesy of its 27 kWh battery, which powers its 90 kW motor.

The Soul EV’s 210 lb-ft of torque means it will get to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds and max out at 92 mph. These figures aren’t helped by its 3427 lb curb weight.

Charging

The Soul EV gets 120/92 MPGe when city/highway driving and takes 13 hours to fully charge when charging from a level 1, 120v socket.

This goes down to around 5 hours when using a level 2, 240v power source. A chademo fast-charging socket will recharge its battery to 80% in about 32 minutes.

Trim Options

There are three levels of trim to choose from three: the ‘EV’, the ‘EV-e’, and the ‘EV+’. The EV is the baseline model, which was first launched in 2014.

The EV-e is a California only model, which forgoes features like a rearview camera and navigation system to bring the Soul EV-e’s cost of entry down by $2,000. The Soul EV+, on the other hand, has features not found on any of the other models, including lighted speakers, a sunroof, and an interior lighting kit.

2018 Model Year

The 2018 version sees a very small upgrade to battery capacity (27 kWh to 30 kWh).

2019 Model Year

The 2019 release will see the same battery used in the base Kia Niro EV – a 39 kWh battery. Range is expected to be around 140 miles.

Look Elsewhere?

Although the Soul EV is a few thousand dollars cheaper than electric cars like the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3, its poor range means it really has no place in the modern EV climate.

It is definitely a conversion vehicle, whereas something like the Hyundai Ioniq EV has been build from the ground up.

Manufacturer Sales Page

www.kia.com

Credit to insideevs.com for sales data.