• New Kia Soul EV promises class-leading range of more than 200 km
• 81.4 kW motor produces 285 Nm of torque for fun-to-drive motoring
• Ideal for city commuters, Soul EV will go on sale during 2014
SEOUL, Nov. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Kia Motors has confirmed that a new
all-electric version of the Kia Soul is scheduled to go on sale in
overseas markets during the second half of 2014. The 'Kia Soul EV' will
be Kia's first electrically-driven, zero-emissions family car marketed
"The new Soul EV will be at the forefront of Kia's new 'Clean Mobility'
program to provide environmentally-friendly transport to our customers
around the world when it goes on sale globally next year," comments
Thomas Oh, Executive Vice President and COO, Kia Motors Corporation.
"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 our in-depth experience gained from development of the
Ray EV and proven daily operations of the Ray EV fleet for the past
Embodying the cheerful design language of the recently-launched
second-generation Kia Soul, the Soul EV is a uniquely designed battery
electric vehicle, practical for everyday use. It will be perfectly
suited for city commuters thanks to its class-leading range. Equipped
with a high-capacity 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, the Soul
EV will be able to drive more than 200 km on a single charge.
The front-wheel drive Soul EV prototype test cars are built on modified
versions of the 2014 Kia Soul and are powered by an 81.4 kW electric
motor, producing a generous 285 Nm of torque. The motor delivers its
power to the front wheels through a single speed constant ratio gear
Thanks to instantly available torque, the electric drivetrain will
ensure that the Soul EV is a fun-to-drive vehicle with rapid
acceleration (standstill to 100 km/h is predicted to take less than 12
seconds) and a top speed in the region of 145 km/h. To maximize the
efficiency and potential range of the Soul EV, regenerative braking
captures and recycles into the battery the energy generated while the
car is coasting and braking.
Charging is accomplished by plugging the Soul EV into any standard
household electricity supply. Recharging times are up to five hours for
a fully depleted battery using a 240v or 230v household outlet, or 25
minutes on 'fast' charge with 100 kW output.
The absence of engine noise, combined with special sound-proofing
materials, will make the production Kia Soul EV extremely quiet inside,
contributing to the exceptional refinement levels similar to those of
premium vehicles. Because of its nearly silent operation, for the
benefit of pedestrian safety, the Soul EV will be equipped with a VESS
(Virtual Engine Sound System) that emits an audio alert at speeds below
20 km/h and whenever the car is reversing.
A fleet of disguised prototypes of the new Soul EV is currently
undertaking an intensive test program at Kia's world-class Namyang R&D
facility in Korea, as well as in Europe and North America, before
manufacturing of customer cars begins in 2014.
The Kia Soul EV is based on the new 2014 Kia Soul which incorporates
several significant improvements over the popular first-generation
Soul. Changes included the adoption of an all-new platform (based on
the latest Kia cee'd) with a longer (2570 mm) wheelbase, a 29% stiffer
bodyshell and upgraded suspension, delivering greatly improved ride,
handling and refinement, plus more mature and composed on-road
Like the 2014 Kia Soul, the Soul EV will have head-turning styling and
exterior features that project a cutting-edge image and discreetly
highlight its electric powertrain. The smooth new-look is inspired by
the 2012 Kia Track'ster concept and retains the iconic
square-shouldered broad stance of the original Soul model.
Soul EV will offer buyers added sparkle with projection type headlamps,
LED positioning lamps, LED rear combination lamps, plus aerodynamically
shaped 16" inch alloy wheels.
Inside the cabin, Soul EV will be fitted with a unique Supervision
instrument cluster and centre stack with an eight-inch display screen.
Appropriately for an eco-friendly vehicle, interior components and trim
will use an increased range of recycled materials including Bio
Plastic, Bio Foam, Bio Fabric and Bio PET Felt, together with low
volatile organic compounds and newly developed antibacterial materials
Kia launched domestic sales of the Ray EV in Korea in late 2011 and has
gained real-world experience of daily operations by supplying a fleet
of Ray EVs to government departments and public offices.
About Kia Canada Inc:
Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca - www.facebook.com/kiacanada), a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart is a subsidiary of
Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) which was founded in 1999 and sells and
services high quality, class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte,
Optima and Sorento through a network of 184 dealers nationwide. Kia
Canada Inc. employs 161 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters
and four regional offices across Canada, with an all-new
state-of-the-art facility in Montreal. Kia's brand slogan "The Power to
Surprise" represents the company's global commitment to surprise the
world by providing exciting & inspiring experiences that go beyond
About Kia Motors Corp.:
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) - a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart - was founded in
1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 2.7
million Kia vehicles a year are produced in nine manufacturing and
assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced
through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 150
countries. Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual
revenues of US$42 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian
Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA - the governing body of
the FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan - "The Power
to Surprise" - represents the company's global commitment to surprise
the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go
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