Kia developing EV version of Soul

  • 12-Nov-2013 04:14 EST

The exterior of the Kia Soul EV is inspired by the 2012 Kia Track'ster concept shown here.

Kia will begin selling an all-electric vehicle based on the Soul in 2014, the company announced Nov. 11. Called the Soul EV and equipped with a 27-kW·h lithium-ion battery pack, it has a target range of 120 mi (193 km) and is geared for city commuters. Front-wheel-drive prototypes currently under development are powered by an 81-kW electric motor that generates 285 N·m and delivers power to the wheels via a single-speed constant-ratio gear-reduction unit. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) will be in less than 12 s, with a top speed of about 145 km/h (90 mph). Energy recovery from braking and coasting will help recharge the battery. Plug-in charging time is expected to be up to 5 h using a standards 240-V outlet and about 25 min using fast charge with 100-kW output. Asked whether the vehicle would be equipped for SAE International J1772 fast-charging or CHAdeMO fast-charging, a Kia spokesman said the company does not want to say yet.

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