The Kia Soul EV has been spied ahead of its debut at the Chicago Auto Show.

The Kia Soul EV has been spied ahead of its debut at the Chicago Auto Show.

Caught undergoing testing near the Arctic Circle, the model has been equipped with modified bumpers and a new charging port that resides in the grille.  Additional changes are limited but the company has released an interior photo that shows the model will have an EV-specific infotainment system.

Kia also confirmed the model will be equipped with biodegradable plastic, bio-foam and bio-fabric. Thanks to the green engineering, the Soul EV has 23.942 kg (52.783 lbs) of bio-based plastic and a "bio-based organic carbon content of 10 percent."

Kia didn't have much to say about technical specifications but the model will have a 27 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor that could produce approximately 109 bhp (81 kW) and 210 lb-ft (284 Nm) of torque. This should enable the EV to have a range in excess of 120 miles (193 km).

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