2014 Chicago Auto Show Highlights: 2015 Kia Soul EV

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Automakers have tried to make cars more efficient and greener. Cars with green engines and hybrid cars have been released. Million people have bought it. But hybrids and green engines are not the real solution to decrease pollution. And now a new idea is coming from several car companies. An electric car! Yeah, some companies have released electric vehicles to the market, such as Cadilac ELR, Chevy Volt, Fisker Karma, Tesla, and more.

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And at 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Kia becomes a new entry to electric car segment with Soul EV. Under the hood, Kia’e engineer put an 81-kilowatt electric motor that produces 109 hp. Kia claims that the electric car can reach 100 km/h (60 mph) less than 12 seconds. And for the top speed is electronically limited around 145 km/h (90 mph). Its battery is air-cooled and has 27-kWh which has driving range around 128 km to 160 km (80 miles to 100 miles). And how about its charging performance? The South Korean company said that Soul EV can be charged full for 24 hours using a standard 120-Volt outlet. And if you’re in hurry, you can charge it full for 5 hours using a 240-volt outlet. There’s a good news that Kia is partnering with AeroVironment, Bosch, and Leviton to offer customer a wide range of home charging solutions.

And then is there any other differentiation between a regular Soul and a Soul EV? Yes, there is but not much. Kia’s designer redesigned the front fascia and closed the grille. Soul EV gets distinctive 16-inch wheels with Super Low Rolling Resistance (SLRR) tires which is 10% less resistance than standard low rolling resistance tires.

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Kia hasn’t released its pricing. But the company has confirmed that Soul EV is limited only for California, Oregon in the West, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. And Kia is going to look for other markets to sell Soul EV in the future as infrastructure for electric vehicle and its demand grow.

Hey, hipsters! Do ya think hybrid is too mainstream? The Soul EV seems like suitable for ya!

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