Kia Soul EV electric car: stronger battery – range of 250 kilometers

4/11/17, 2:00 PM -

Kia has reworked the battery-electric version of Soul. Thanks to a stronger battery with 30 kWh, the Korean electric car provides a norm range of 250 kilometers.

Kia Soul EV electric car has a longer range.
Kia Soul EV: The upgraded electric car has a stronger battery with a longer range and allows in a special version also fast charging.

Kia offers the Soul EV starting from June 2017 EV with an improved battery pack. Together with a slight reduction in consumption this allows a range increase of almost 20 percent.

Increased battery capacity

A new lithium-ion polymer battery with a capacity increased from 27 to 30 kWh is decisive for the longer range. At the same time, Kia cuts power consumption from 14.7 to 14.3 kWh per 100 kilometers according to the standard. Instead of 212 kilometers so far, the Soul EV now reaches a norm range of 250 kilometers with one load. Real driving range is lower. The driving performance, on the other hand, remains almost unchanged: instead of in 11.2, the 81 kW strong electric motor now accelerates the 1.5-tonner from 11.3 to 100 km / h in 11.3 seconds. The maximum speed is limited to 145 km / h as before.

Quick charging of 33 minutes for 80 percent load

The Soul EV can be charged either to AC current with a maximum of 6.6 kW, for which Kia indicates a charging time of five and a half to six hours. The Play version of the electric car provides a quick charge connection CHAdeMO with an expected charge time of 33 minutes for a 80 percent load at a  50 kW quick charging station.

The price of the Kia Soul EV increases with the update by a moderate 600 euros. The entry-level plug - without a quick-charge connection - now costs 29,490 euros (minus funding), the better-equipped and fast-loading version Play 1,900 euros more. The revised Kia Soul EV is available as of now, the electric car will be delivered from June (hcn).

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