2020 Kia Soul EV gets EPA rates

Kia Soul EV EPA rates evolution since 2015

The 2020 Kia Soul EV not only gets more range but is also more efficient than previous versions.

This improvement is possible thanks to a new powertrain, since the Kia Soul EV now shares the latest 64 kWh battery and 150 kW motor with the Kia e-Niro.

It’s a nice surprise that Kia managed to considerably improve the efficiency and the boxy Kia Soul EV is now more efficient than the popular 2019 Nissan LEAF.

 

Let’s see the EPA rates:

Efficiency

  • Combined: 114 MPGe (18,4 kWh/100 km)
  • City: 127 MPGe (16,5 kWh/100 km)
  • Highway: 101 MPGe (20,7 kWh/100 km)

Range

  • Combined: 243 miles (391 km)
  • City: 271 miles (436 km)
  • Highway: 215 miles (346 km)

 

This new Kia Soul EV seems to be a great car and the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) version – that’s no longer available in Europe – won’t be missed. Only the hefty price tag prevents it to be an electric car for the masses.

With electric cars such as the Kia Soul EV, Kia e-Niro, Hyundai Kona Electric and Hyundai IONIQ Electric the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group shows clearly that it knows how to make great electric cars. However, will the Koreans increase production enough to gain the upper hand before other automakers wake up to the EV revolution? At the moment the Koreans seem happy enough with dominating the small domestic market, without real intentions to make a dent in bigger markets like North America and Europe, which is a shame. Electric cars could be the way of the Koreans to establish themselves as innovation leaders in the auto industry.

 

 

More info:

https://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/models/soul-ev/2020/specifications

https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=41235&id=39322&id=35601

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Same battery?
    The Soul was told to get the cells from SK Innovation, while Kona from LG.
    Did they changed this?

    1. You’re right, while there is no official information it’s believed that the Hyundai Kona Electric uses LG Chem cells, while the Kia Soul EV and the Kia e-Niro use equivalent cells from SK Innovation.

  2. The biggest improvement is at highway efficiency which is key to good range in reality.

    1. I hear you. Who wants to know EPA range? I’m not planning on driving around Paris until I run out of battery. We need a new test already. Motorway only.

    2. Agree. Unless you’re talking about energy COST, city range doesn’t matter, combined range doesn’t matter, only highway range is actually relevant!

  3. Hi Pedro, I believe there were some aerodynamics improvements also for this new Soul,.

  4. What about the price? Is this already announced?

  5. I was at a Hyundai dealership yesterday with a friend who recently retired from 30 years at Hyundai US headquarters. She bought a gas Kona to drive until she can get a retiree deal on the EV.

    After, the salesman asked if there was anything else he could do for us, & we both said “Ya! Get us an eKona!”. He chuckled & said “see you in a few years” They have 8 customers waitlisted & are only getting 7.

    He said that the customers are paying $5,000 over list price, & that all dealers agreed to do that, except one who is getting $10k over list!!!

    1. Wonder what the reaction would have been if one had told the Hyundai board in 2016 that they would soon be selling mid sized cars for the price of a Mercedes C class and still have year a long que with people paying over list price?

  6. Ricardo: EPA already gives us a separate number for highway range. 2020 Soul is 215 miles (346 km).

    I get 10% more than the EPA spec for my 500e in the city. I haven’t tested highway range. Many of us do drive around town day after day until we get low, although I think most just plug in when they get home, so it’s full in the morning.

    Even though a standard wall outlet will recharge the average daily drive overnight, many (most?) ICE drivers can’t plug in at home, so to convert them I think we’ll need 100kW DC at every gas station.

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