Kia Motors America has just unveiled the 2015 Soul EV at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The model is Kia’s first all-electric, zero-emissions car sold in the United States.
With the new EV model, Kia addressed the public’s concern regarding the range capacity of the new Soul by saying that the vehicle is equipped with a highly energy-dense lithium-ion polymer battery which is expected to cover a distance of up to 129 – 161 km.
The exterior of the vehicle is inspired by the 2012 Kia Track’ster concept and retains the iconic square-shouldered broad stance of the original Soul. The front area of the Soul EV has larger grille to house the charging ports. It is also equipped with a projector headlights, LED positioning lamps, and LED tail lights. The Soul EV has an 6-inch alloy wheels wrapped with specially engineered Super Low Rolling Resistance (SLRR) tires which gives the vehicle a 10 percent less resistance in order to improve range.
The interior of the Soul EV is similar with the 2014 Kia Soul that has a circular theme and a contrast to exterior’s angular design. The thing that sets the Soul EV apart is the bright white accent trim on the center console, instrument panel, and door panels. Moreover, Bio-based plastics derived from cellulose and sugar cane are used in the overall design of the Soul EV’s interior. These includes, the door panels, the headliner, the seat trim, the roof pillars and the carpeting.
The standard Soul EV has features like navigation, Rear Camera Display, bluetooth hands free operation, power windows, power driver’s seat, cruise control, 6.6kW on-board charger and an exclusive HVAC system.
It is powered by a 111 PS electric motor with up to 284 Newton-meters of torque and has a top speed of about 145 km/h.