The All-Electric Kia Soul EV SUV: The Complete Guide

Kia soul electric SUV EV

Overview


Kia Corporation, the South Korean automotive manufacturer is fast developing a portfolio of lower emission ‘eco’ vehicles, to include zero-emission battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids. The BEVs and PHEVs range includes:

The Korean automotive company is headquartered in Seoul, and it is South Korea’s second largest automotive manufacturer after the Hyundai Motor Company. Hyundai owns a 33.88% stake in Kia. The Kia Corporation has been active in the European markets since 1991.



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The All-Electric Kia Soul EV SUV


Like the Kia e-Niro pure electric car, the all-new Kia Soul EV SUV has been positioned for ‘affordability’ and ‘value’. Of course, as one would expect, there is much in common between the two pure electric compact crossovers SUVs from Kia. Kia started developing the all-electric SUV in 2013 and the electric vehicle (EV) was unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

The EV is practical and versatile and more affordable, compared to other e-SUVs. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, with ample legroom and headroom. The electric vehicle (EV) is available in one battery size (64 kWh), with a zero-emission electric range of up to 280 miles (WLTP). The EV is capable of up to 100 kW DC rapid charging, with a 7.2 kW on board charger. The environment friendly EV is more than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, day trips, weekend getaways, grocery shopping and a lot more!

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The All-Electric KIA Soul EV SUV (credit: KIA)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (1 Option)
Soul EV ‘First Edition’ (from £37,545)

PROSCONS
Affordable electric compact SUV for families and good all-rounderThe exterior stying is not for everyone
Good EV rangeBoot space is limited
Easy to drive and decent electric performanceThere is room for improvement for the interior

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (64 kWh)
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 7.2kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:7 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh£2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1605
Width (mm):1800
Length (mm):4195
Wheelbase (mm):2600

Soul EV ‘First Edition’
EV Battery Capacity:64 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):280 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):157
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.2kW AC)
Top Speed:104 mph
0-60 mph:7.6 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (bhp):201
Torque (Nm):395
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,757
Colours:3

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The All-Electric KIA Soul EV SUV (credit: KIA)

Kia soul electric SUV EV
The All-Electric KIA Soul EV SUV (credit: KIA)

Kia soul electric SUV EV
The All-Electric KIA Soul EV SUV (credit: KIA)

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The All-Electric KIA Soul EV SUV (credit: KIA)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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