Kia have worked alongside SK Innovation to develop the Lithium-ion polymer batteries featured in the Soul EV to ensure that they have a greater energy density than any of their competitors, complete with a heating and cooling system to support an ideal operating temperature, helping to extend the cars range.
Unlike most cars, the batteries on the Soul EV are mounted underneath the car and encased in a protective cover to protect them from damage. The remainder of the electric drive components can be found under the bonnet.
Regenerative braking allows the driver to top up the batteries while driving. The air con system can be set to cool one side of the car only to save power when travelling alone and aerodynamic features below the car work alongside super low rolling resistance tyres for better energy consumption and to reduce the cars environmental impact.
The car can be recharged via a standard domestic socket with the Kia-Branded wallbox that is supplied as standard or with either a public fast charger or public rapid charger. A UK 230-volt domestic power supply will charge the Soul EV fully within 10 to 13 hours, the wallbox or fast charge point reducing this time by around 5 hours. Alternatively the vehicle can achieve an 80% battery capacity on a public rapid charger in 33 minutes.
The most noticeable difference on the Soul EV is the missing radiator grill and fuel cap but the modern design including square shoulders, bumper flares and dimensions remain the same as the combustion engine versions.
With seats upright, the luggage capacity is 281 litres. Once the 60/40 split rear seats are laid flat the capacity increases to 891 litres.
Where possible, the car’s interior continues to use eco-friendly materials including grey cloth upholstery with blue stitching. The door inserts, gear selector and fascia panel are finished in a high gloss white with the instrument cluster housing, gearshifter, door inserts and steering wheel having a leather trim.
|Standard Features||Safety Features|
|- 8” touchscreen with European mapping||- Anti-lock brakes|
|- Reversing camera||- Emergency brake assist|
|- Charging point locator||- Electronic stability control|
|- Start/Stop button with smart keyless entry||- Vehicle stability management|
|- Heated seats||- Hill start assist|
|- DAB Radio||- Emergency stop signalling|
|- Electric folding heated door mirrors||- Tyre pressure monitoring system|
|- Bluetooth||- Six airbags|
With 81.4 KW of power and 285 Nm of torque the Kia Soul EV can reach max speeds of 90 mph with 0-60 reached in 10.8 seconds. CO2 emissions are a fantastic 0 g/km. As with many electric and hybrid cars the Kia Soul EV qualifies for a plug in car grant.
If you would like more information on the plug in car grant click here.