Kia developing electric Soul for US market

Korean carmaker Kia has released some details about the electric version of its popular Soul, which it announced plans for in October. Kia has already tested the electric waters with its diminutive Ray EV, which it has been selling to government fleets in Korea.

“The new Soul EV will be at the forefront of Kia’s ‘Clean Mobility’ program when it goes on sale globally next year,” said Kia Motors America’s Orth Hedrick. “Although it is Kia’s first globally sold all-electric vehicle, the Soul EV is our second-generation battery electric vehicle, and significantly benefits from the in-depth knowledge gained during development of the Ray EV sold in Korea.”

The front-wheel drive Soul EV has a 109 hp electric motor, producing 210 lb-ft of torque, and a 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. It features a 100 kW fast charging capability. Kia says the range will be over 120 miles, and top speed is in the region of 90 mph. Interior components and trim will use a range of recycled materials.

There are no details yet on pricing or availability – Kia has said only that the new EV is scheduled to go on sale in 2014.

 

Source: Kia