Kia Confirms Development of Kia Soul EV
Although news of the electrified Kia Soul has been making the rounds for a long time, the automaker has officially confirmed the production of the new model. It is set to go on sale in early 2014, and will mark Kia's first all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle outside of the Korean market. Based off the recently redesigned Kia Soul, the Soul EV will have a target range over 120 miles on a single charge, thanks to the power provided by a 109-horsepower electric motor. To help achieve this mileage, all energy generated from coasting and braking will be recycled into the battery for prolonged performance. "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. 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," said Orth Hedrick, executive director of product planning, in a recent statement. Kia makes charging the new Soul EV easy as it has the ability to plug into any standard outlet. A fully depleted battery will take up to five hours using a standard 240-volt outlet, or only 25 minutes with the fast-charge 100 kW output. The production model will be equipped with projection type headlamps, LED positioning lamps, LED rear combination lamps, and 16-inch aerodynamically shaped alloy wheels. The interior features a unique instrument cluster, 8-inch infotainment display, and all interior materials and components will use recycled materials such as Bio Plastic, Bio Foam, Bio Fabric, and Bio Pet Felt, along with other organic compounds and antibacterial paint and materials. Source: Kia
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