2018 Kia Soul EV gets a 30 kWh battery

Kia Soul EV

That the Kia Soul EV was getting a battery capacity upgrade soon isn’t a surprise, but now we have the official confirmation from a Kia dealership. Even if it’s in German and blurry, the document below shows us the battery capacity increase from 27 to 30 kWh (total) and also the new NEDC range, which increases from 212 to 250 km. This battery capacity upgrade will also allow the 2018 Kia Soul EV to finally surpass the 100 miles (161 km) EPA range barrier. Remember that the current Kia Soul EV only has a 93 miles (150 km) EPA range.


2018 Kia Soul EV spec sheet


It’s still not clear if the 2018 Kia Soul EV will finally move from CHAdeMO to Combined Charging System (CCS) in Europe and USA, where this is the official fast charging standard. I think it’s about time.


Thanks to Stefan Ko and Rui Dias for the heads-up.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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4 years ago

Good thing that it gets a bump, but wow … I was hoping for something more.
Probably the Ioniq will get the same bump then… since they are sharing so much already.

4 years ago

This upgrade is a joke, I expect Nissan with at least the Zoe battery with 44 kWh for the same price.

4 years ago

Actually no. The charging system, the motor and the interior options will stay the same.. but at least the price gets an increase of 600€.. *rolling eyes*

4 years ago

Ah, thank you Pedro.
If you want there is also a Dropbox Link now for the scan (better quality maybe):


4 years ago

I agree with Leafer what a joke. I have been waiting for the 2018 and was hoping it would have a 60 KWh battery. If this information is correct someone at Kia should be fired. Who the heck is going to want to buy this car with a 30 KWh battery. Way to ruin a great little EV Kia.

4 years ago

I can hardly believe what I’m seeing. Hyundai is quickly becoming an object of hate to almost rival Toyota! First the idiotically small battery and insane pricing of the otherwise promising IONIQ. And now this BS.

Every little helps is the idiots mantra. A more realistic mantra is we’ll only achieve a little if we only do a little. And this has got to be the most underwhelming upgrade the world of EVs has ever witnessed.

Evil Hyundai. Stay away!!