Electric Kia Soul Will Have Almost 200 Kilometers Autonomy
|   Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Kia is one of the last great builders that have not yet launched an electric car. But the first which they prepare, the Soul EV, is already in pre-launch stage. The first information about it shows that the Korean manufacturer wants to enter directly into the top with the Electric Soul in terms of autonomy of the electrical battery.

Apparently, the range is said to reach 194 kilometers under normal driving conditions, which makes it one of the best electric cars according to this criterion.
The newest electric cars launched on the market are, as follows, the BMW i3 with a range of up to 160 km (190 km in ECO PRO mode), Renault ZOE with 210 km autonomy, and Ford Focus EV, running up to 122 km on a single charge. The Car of the Year in Europe in 2011, the Nissan Leaf has an autonomy range of 120 km.
The battery with the best performance and a range of over 400 km is found on the Tesla Model S, a sporty model, luxurious, with a price to match. A fast charging battery will be on the Kia Soul which will take about 30 minutes to refill, which is a serious advantage in addition to range.

The Kia Soul EV will have a second advantage on launch, because it announces an initial price for the U.S. market of 25,000 dollars. Only the Renault models have such a low price level, but the battery is leased separately for the French models.

Among the technological innovations which will aid the Kia Soul achieve these performances we can mention the intelligent management of installations that will detect the number of people in the car, and will reduce their capacity in order to avoid wasting energy. A mobile application allows the driver to control various devices as an example air conditioning.

Kia claims that it currently carries out several tests with prototypes that use the electrical services of 110 horsepower unit with 284 Nm of instant torque. Resources are forwarded to the front axle through a gearbox with a single speed, which allows the Korean model to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 12 seconds. The maximum speed is expected to reach only 145 km / h. For pedestrian safety, the Soul EV will emit an artificial engine sound at speeds of less than 20km/h (12mph) and when the car is in reverse.

The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 27 kWh and is ready to ensure a range of 193 kilometers. It can be recharged in five hours when using a conventional outlet, and in only 25 minutes when using a 100 kWh quick charger.

Kia says the new electric Soul will benefit from light-alloy wheels 16 inches in sizes, innovative projectors, the rear lights with LED lights, and position lights also with LED technology. The interior will accommodate an 8-inch screen for the navigation system and a new panel with board instruments.
Kia Soul Electric is expected to be released next year, most likely at one of the auto show in Detroit or New York.
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