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Kia Pledges Soul EV for U.S. in 2014

November 12, 2013 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firm’s First Ex-Korea EV to Have Single-Charge Range of 120 miles

Kia Motors said Monday that it’s preparing a 100% battery-electric version of its Kia Soul, and that the new EV is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. in 2014.

Kia promises ‘head-turning styling and exterior features that project a cutting-edge image.’

Kia promises ‘head-turning styling and exterior features that project a cutting-edge image.’

The Kia Soul EV will be the manufacturer’s first all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle marketed outside of Korea. A 27 kilowatt-hour lithium ion polymer battery pack is to provide a single-charge range of 120 miles.

“The new Soul EV will be at the forefront of Kia’s ‘Clean Mobility’ program, which aims to provide environmentally-friendly vehicles to our customers around the world, when it goes on sale globally next year,” Kia Motors America executive director of product planning Orth Hedrick said in a release.

Kia Ray EV

Kia Ray EV

Single Speed Constant Ratio Gear Reduction

Front wheel-drive Soul EV prototype test cars are built on modified versions of the 2014 Kia Soul and are powered by a 109-horsepower electric motor, “producing a generous 210 lb.-ft. of torque,” Kia says.

The motor delivers its power to the front wheels through a single speed constant ratio gear reduction unit.

“Accelerating from 0-62 mph in less than 12 seconds with a top speed in the region of 90 mph, the Soul EV promises to remain true to the Soul’s fun-to-drive reputation…”

“Like the 2014 Kia Soul, the Soul EV will have head-turning styling and exterior features that project a cutting-edge image.”

‘Second-Generation’ EV

“Although it is Kia’s first globally sold all-electric vehicle, the Soul EV is our second-generation battery electric vehicle and significantly benefits from the in-depth knowledge gained during development of the Ray EV sold in Korea,” Hedrick said.

David Carp is director of fleet and remarketing at Kia Motors America.


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Source: Kia Motors America with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Kia promises ‘head-turning styling and exterior features that project a cutting-edge image.’

 

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