The All-New Kia Soul EV: A Snapshot

All new kia soul EV electric SUV

Overview: Long Range Electric Driving Need Not Cost The Earth  

Kia Motors, South Korea’s second- largest automotive manufacturer is continuing to expand its portfolio of affordable zero-emission battery electric vehicles, with the launch of the All-New Kia Soul EV.  Like the Kia e-Niro pure electric car, the All-New Kia Soul EV SUV has been positioned for ‘affordability’ and ‘value’: 

  • Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019
  • Order books open in the UK for the ‘First Edition’ variant (currently only one variant available for the UK market)
  • The First Edition has a high specification, to include, LED headlights, LED taillights, privacy glass, five-spoke 17in wheels, leather upholstery and packed with technology 
  • Priced at £33,795 to include the £3,500 plug-in car grant (PiCG)
  • Deliveries to commence first quarter 2020 
  • The All-New Soul EV retains much of the design of the previous generations of the Soul EV.  However, there have been improvements in aerodynamics to enhance performance 
  • In due course a smaller battery option (39.2 kWh) is also expected with a range of 172 miles 
  • 7 year / 100,000 miles warranty to include battery and vehicle 
All new Kia Soul EV electric SUV
The All-New Kia Soul EV (credit: Kia)

Battery And Range

  • Battery capacity: 64 kWh
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (WLTP): 280 miles
  • Capable of rapid charging: can charge up to 80% in 75 minutes 

Power & Performance

  • 0-62 mph: 7.6 sec
  • Top speed: 104  mph
  • Brake horsepower: 201 bhp
  • Torque: 395 Nm

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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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