2018 Kia Soul EV is now on sale in South Korea

2018 Kia Soul EV

Kia and Hyundai are known to have very efficient electric powertrains. Now, with the new 2018 Kia Soul EV, Kia increased its efficiency even more, this is especially surprising considering the bad aerodynamics of this electric car.

 

While the battery capacity increased just 11 % from 27 to 30 kWh, the range increased 22 % from 148 to 180 km in the South Korean test cycle, which is very similar to the one EPA uses in the USA and it’s very reliable.

 

Kia Soul EV – 2017 vs 2018

 

There is still a thing that I would like to see tested. Considering that the battery nominal voltage increased from 360 to 375 V, I expect a minor increase in the fast charging rate – not only in 100 kW DC fast chargers but also in 50 kW. Usually electric cars reach DC fast chargers current limits (125 A in 50 kW chargers), but not voltage (500 V). Yet, even if the battery nominal voltage increased, it’s not certain that the charging voltage was also increased.

 

To finalize, we should start to see the 2018 Kia Soul EV reaching North America and Europe in late summer, around September.

 

 

More info:

http://www.kia.com/kr/vehicles/soul-ev/features.html

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170502000366

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. I got my new Hyundai IONIQ Electric on saturday last week.
    This car is awesome and so efficient!
    10,5 kWh / 100 km (City)
    12,8 kWh / 100 km (105 km/h cruise on highway)
    16,8 kWh / 100 km (130 km/h cruise on highway)

    With ZOE it is always from 14-22 kWh / 100 km!
    With 130 km/h it is even more.

    So before getting the new Soul i would recommend customers to buy an IONIQ.
    But seat comfort in Soul EV is also great for sure (higher seat position).

    1. Congrats on your choice.

      You’ll get even better results in the summer 🙂

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