Kia is aggressively researching and developing its electric car capabilities. Its research validation came in the form of the Soul EV earning a 390-km rating from EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Kia debuted the Soul EV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, promising a longer range than its outgoing counterpart which could clock 177km on a single charge. The 2020 Kia Soul EV’s range makes it the longest-running EV in Kia’s lineup, ahead of the Niro EV. Hyundai Kona EV is still leading the electric car charge (no pun intended) with a 415-km driving range.
Apart from its funky design, the Kia Soul EV is a fairly conventional electric car.
A 64kWh battery pack is at the centre of the Kia Soul EV’s drivetrain. It powers an electric motor capable of producing 201hp and 395Nm. DC fast-charging is standard and brake regeneration power can also be adjusted via paddles behind the steering wheel. Hyundai and Kia offer EVs and their conventional counterparts without any major advantages or drawbacks over each other. A buyer wishing to purchase either of the two genres can make a choice between either of the two easily.
The Kia Soul EV currently offers sufficient driving range (at least on paper), which is more than the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s 380km and Nissan Leaf E+’s 360km. Although the body style Kia has designed for its longest-range EV is polarizing, there are a lot of features on offer. For instance, you can choose between the normal Soul EV or the Soul EV Designer Collection at launch.
The Designer Collection trim gets a two-tone paint scheme along with features like a leatherette interior, 10-speaker audio system, and wireless charging. Although pricing details are not out yet, Kia says it will roll out the Soul EV in the first half of this year, along with its price list.
Kia will offer a lot of creature comforts and conveniences with the electric Soul.
Cars like the Bolt EV, Kona EV, and this latest Soul EV show us how far electric vehicle technology has come. Realistically speaking, although conventional cars are still more convenient to own and rive than EVs, the latter will catch up as soon a comprehensive and intelligent infrastructure supporting them has been erected in cities around the world. After that, it’s just a matter of time before petrol-powered automobiles are completely phased out.