Kia has released preliminary details regarding the forthcoming Soul EV set for a 2014 market release.
At the beginning of last month Kia confirmed plans for an all-electric version of the Soul for next year and now they detailing their first ever EV to be sold outside South Korea. It will come with a 27 kWh lithium-ion battery which should provide enough juice for a range of more than 120 miles (193 km) before recharging. When using a standard 240v outlet, charging the battery pack to its full capacity will take five hours, while with a 100 kW fast charger the procedure will be reduced to just 25 minutes.
Kia says current prototype cars are being developed on modified 2014MY Soul units and have a 109 bhp (81 kW) electric motor providing an instant torque of 210 lb-ft (284 Nm). Output is transferred to the front axle via a single-speed constant ratio gear reduction unit which enables the Soul EV to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in less than 12 seconds prior to hitting a top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h).
Kia says the 2014MY will ride on aerodynamically-shaped 16-inch alloys and will come with projector-style headlamps, LED rear combination lamps and LED positioning lamps. The cabin will boast a different instrument cluster and center stack incorporating an 8-inch display.
More details can be found in the attached press release.