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