Kia Soul EV

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The all-new Kia Soul EV could have a fully-electric driving vary of as much as 280 miles from a single cost. The third globally-sold electrical automobile from Kia Motors will make its European debut on the 2019 Geneva Worldwide Motor Present.

The Kia Soul shall be powered in Europe completely by electrical vitality, with a alternative of two long-range, zero-emissions powertrains. The brand new-generation battery packs powering the Soul EV are as much as 30 per cent extra vitality environment friendly than Europe’s present best-selling electrical automobile.

The Soul EV goes on sale throughout Europe in the direction of the top of the primary quarter of 2019. UK specification, on-sale date and pricing shall be introduced in the end.

The Kia Soul EV shall be bought in Europe completely as an electrical automobile, with a alternative of two fully-electric, zero-emission powertrains to satisfy the wants and budgets of various prospects.

Drivers have a alternative of long-range (64 kWh) and standard-range (39.2 kWh) powertrains. Considerably extra highly effective electrical motors present 395 Nm of torque – 39 per cent greater than earlier than.

Kia’s new-generation lithium-ion polymer battery packs provide better vitality capability than these of many different electrical autos, no matter value. Cell vitality density of 250 Wh/kg, achieved by means of new cell chemistry, allow the cells to retailer 25 per cent extra vitality inside an outlined quantity than these of the 200 Wh/kg battery pack within the outgoing Soul EV. This has enabled Kia to maintain the battery pack as compact and light-weight as doable, whereas taking an enormous leap within the automobile’s zero-emissions driving vary in comparison with its predecessor and different electrical autos in the marketplace.

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The long-range 64 kWh battery pack is paired with a 150 kW (204 ps) electrical motor, enabling the Soul EV to journey as much as 280 miles on a single cost (on the WLTP mixed cycle). Vitality consumption for the 64 kWh battery pack is simply 157 Wh/km on the WLTP mixed cycle – 24 per cent extra environment friendly than Europe’s present best-selling electrical automobile. Vitality consumption for the long-range Soul EV is as little as 109 Wh/km in city environments (WLTP city cycle).

With the powertrain’s most 395 Nm torque out there from a standstill, and 84 per cent extra energy than the automobile it replaces, the long-range 64 kWh Soul EV will speed up from Zero-to-100 kph in simply 7.6 seconds.

The usual-range 39.2 kWh battery pack powers an environment friendly 100 kW (136 ps) electrical motor. With peak torque of 395 Nm, and 23 per cent extra energy than the outgoing Soul EV, the considerably improved effectivity of the battery permits the standard-range Soul EV to journey as much as 172 miles on a single cost. Vitality effectivity is rated at 145 Wh/km (WLTP mixed), 30 per cent extra environment friendly than the best-selling electrical automobile in Europe – making it one of the crucial energy-efficient electrical autos on the earth.

A Mixed Charging System (CCS) DC quick charger is fitted as commonplace to each fashions, enabling shorter stops for charging. Each battery packs will be recharged from 20 per cent as much as 80 per cent capability in simply 42 minutes from a 100 kW DC fast-charger.

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The Soul EV is fitted with a variety of energy-recuperation applied sciences to maximise driving vary. This consists of Kia’s vitality environment friendly warmth pump system, which scavenges waste warmth from the automobile’s coolant system. It additionally options Kia’s modern particular person air flow and air con system, which shuts off cabin air flow on the supply to all seats besides the driving force’s – in contrast to different programs, which merely divert air to open passenger cabin vents.

The Soul EV can be outfitted as commonplace with Kia’s modern regenerative braking system, operated by paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. The system supplies drivers with the power to sluggish the automobile and recuperate kinetic vitality to maximise its driving vary and effectivity. Drivers can select from 5 regenerative braking ranges (none, one to 3, or ‘single pedal’ mode), relying on the extent of vitality recuperation they need from the brakes. The system’s ‘single pedal’ driving mode additionally permits the automobile to reap the utmost quantity of vitality from its brakes, and even permits the driving force to carry the automobile to a mild halt with out essentially needing to push the brake pedal. The regenerative braking system can even routinely regulate the braking degree if it detects the automobile in entrance slowing down, creating smoother coast-down driving – particularly on a steep downhill street. A Sensible Eco Pedal Information show on the driving force’s instrument cluster additionally retains the driving force conscious of real-time battery utilization primarily based on accelerator pedal enter.

As well as, the Soul EV’s Drive Mode Choose system lets drivers adapt the automobile to their most well-liked type or the street situations. Drivers can select from ‘Regular’, ‘Eco’, Eco+’ and ‘Sport’ mode. The 2 Eco modes are tuned to maximise automobile vary with sure power-saving measures, whereas Sport mode will increase responses from the steering and electrical motor to maximise the dynamic driving really feel of the automobile. Regular mode supplies a cautious stability between every.

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The Soul EV is the primary technology of the Soul to function fully-independent multi-link rear suspension, changing the torsion beam rear axle on first- and second-generation fashions.

The brand new Soul EV goes on sale in chosen European markets from the top of Q1 2019. UK specification, on-sale date and pricing shall be introduced in the end.

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