The first mass-produced electric car of the South Korean manufacturer receives a new 30 kWh battery with a range of 250 km NEDC. This development is accompanied in Germany by an enrichment of the standard equipment where the new Kia Soul EV is available from 29 490 euros. In France , prices will soon be known.
New 30 kWh battery
Launched in the autumn of 2014 in the wake of the Paris Motor Show, the Kia Soul EV has sold more than 22,000 copies worldwide . A very modest performance compared to those made by the Nissan LEAF and other Renault ZOE but which, for the South Korean manufacturer, is a small miracle given the objectives initially set. The first electrical crossover, the Kia Soul EV – for Electric Vehicle – was the electric model with the biggest battery at its launch. A capacity of 27 kWh which, this spring, increases from 11% to 30 kWh . Either that embedded in the Nissan LEAF marketed more than a year ago.
Kia Soul EV Autonomy up 18%
A surplus of energy which the electric Kia makes great use of. An increase of 18%, autonomy now reaches 250 km according to the very unrealistic cycle of homologation NEDC (New European Driving Cycle). Under real conditions of use, the crossover can probably travel 180 to 200 km on a single load. An increase in autonomy which is accompanied by lower energy consumption , the manufacturer communicating on an appetite of 14.3 kWh against 14.7 kWh previously. In Germany from which this information, the tariffs of the Kia Soul EV rose only 600 euros with an access price of 29,490 euros (excluding aid for the purchase). In France, The grid should be communicated very soon and the new version be put in the catalog. First deliveries expected in June.
ELECTRICAL RANGE : very ambitious on the market of low emission vehicles, the manufacturer already has three models electrified. The Kia Soul EV electric crossover , the Hybrid SUV Kia Niro – the hybrid version is expected at the end of the year – and the Kia Optima PHEV sedan with dual gasoline-electric rechargeable hybrid engines.