Kia Soul EV Will Supposedly Have A Huge 120 Mile Range

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Kia's first all-electric vehicle marketed outside of Korea goes on sale in the US next year with 109 horsepower, 210 lb-ft of torque and a target range of more than 120 miles.

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Kia put a new-generation battery system into the Kia after gaining experience from the Ray EV sold in Korea. The 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer pack gives the car a top speed of around 90 mph with an anticipated 120 miles of range thanks to regenerative braking and a single-speed gearbox. Charging takes up to five hours for a fully depleted battery using a standard 240v outlet, or 25 minutes on 'fast' charge with 100 kW output.

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The Soul EV will pretty much look like a normal 2014 Kia Soul, but will offer projection type headlamps, LED positioning and rear combination lamps and aerodynamically optimized 16-inch alloy wheels.

Illustration for article titled Kia Soul EV Will Supposedly Have A Huge 120 Mile Range

It also emits an audio alert at speeds below 12 mph and whenever the car is in reverse.

Inside, it has an an eight-inch display screen and eco-friendly recycled materials including bio plastic, bio foam, bio fabric and bio PET felt, together with low volatility organic compounds and newly developed antibacterial materials and paint, which are probably also very bio.

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A very green Soul indeed. Like the idea?

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DISCUSSION

A lot of the EV's would make great city cars, and personally, I'd much rather see EV's than Smarts or Prius's (Priuses ?). I think Kia is making a mistake with the 240v charger though.

Us North American's are lazy. If we need to install a 240v outlet on the outside of our home (or in our garage) to charge the car, I think it'll be another "inconvenience" that may make the car harder to sell. If you could get 120 miles off of 8 hours on a 110 volt, then I think the car would be more marketable.