2015 Kia Soul EV to Make World Premiere at 2014 Chicago Auto Show This Week

7 months ago by Eric Loveday 21

Totally Redesigned 2014 Kia Soul -This One is Not Electric

Totally Redesigned 2014 Kia Soul -This One is Not Electric

On either February 6 or 7, the much anticipated 2014 Kia Soul EV will make its worldwide debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

This Redesign Has Soul Written All Over It - And a Tailpipe...Images of the Pure Electric Version Aren't Yet Available

This Redesign Has Soul Written All Over It – And a Tailpipe…Images of the Pure Electric Version Aren’t Yet Available

Details on the Soul EV are relatively scarce at this point in time, but here’s what we know:

  • 109 HP
  • 210 Pound-feet of torque
  • 27 kWh lithium polymer battery pack
  • Target range of more than 120 miles (expect 90 or so for an official EPA rating)
  • Recharge in under 5 hours on 240 volt or up to 80% in about 30 minutes via CHAdeMO quick charging
  • 0 to 62 MPH in less than 12 seconds
  • Top speed of 90 MPH

The 2015 Kia Soul EV will be sold in the US and it will go on sale before the end of 2014.  The Soul EV will be sold in several international markets too.  We’re not sure at this time if the Soul EV will be offered nationwide in the US or if it’ll be more of a compliance CARB play.

Here are more details on the Soul EV:

All-Electric Kia Soul Under Development For U.S. Market
– New Kia Soul EV targets a range of more than 120 miles
– 109-hp motor produces 210 lb.-ft. of torque for an electrifying driving experience
– Ideal for city commuters, the Soul EV will go on sale in 2014

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 11, 2013 – Kia Motors has confirmed the development of an all-electric version of the Kia Soul, scheduled to go on sale in 2014. The ‘Kia Soul EV’ will be Kia’s first all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle marketed outside of Korea.
Track’ster Concept

Track’ster Concept

“The new Soul EV will be at the forefront of Kia’s ‘Clean Mobility’ program, which aims to provide environmentally-friendly vehicles to our customers around the world, when it goes on sale globally next year,” said Kia Motors America’s executive director of product planning, 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 Soul EV takes its design cues from the recently-launched second-generation Kia Soul. With a target range of more than 120 miles, this uniquely designed battery electric vehicle is practical for everyday use and perfectly suited for city commuters.

Equipped with a high-capacity 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, the Soul EV is expected to offer a driving range of more than 120 miles on a single charge. In an effort to maximize efficiency and range, the vehicle recycles back into the battery the energy generated while the car is coasting and braking.

The Soul EV makes charging easy by plugging into any standard outlet. Recharging times are up to five hours for a fully depleted battery using a standard 240v outlet, or 25 minutes on ‘fast’ charge with 100 kW output.
This Redesign Has Soul Written All Over It – And a Tailpipe…Images of the Pure Electric Version Aren’t Yet Available

This Redesign Has Soul Written All Over It – And a Tailpipe…Images of the Pure Electric Version Aren’t Yet Available

The front-wheel drive Soul EV prototype test cars currently under development are built on modified versions of the 2014 Kia Soul and are powered by a 109-hp electric motor, producing a generous 210 lb.-ft. of torque. The motor delivers its power to the front wheels through a single speed constant ratio gear reduction unit. Accelerating from 0-62 mph in less than 12 seconds with a top speed in the region of 90 mph, the Soul EV promises to remain true to the Soul’s fun-to-drive reputation.

The absence of engine noise, combined with special sound-proofing materials offers drivers an exceptionally quiet ride. For the benefit of pedestrian safety, the Soul EV will be equipped with a Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS) that emits an audio alert at speeds below 12 mph and whenever the car is in reverse.

Like the 2014 Kia Soul, the Soul EV will have head-turning styling and exterior features that project a cutting-edge image. The smooth new look is inspired by the 2012 Kia Track’ster concept and retains the iconic square-shouldered broad stance of the original Soul.

When it goes on sale in 2014, the Soul EV will offer projection type headlamps, LED positioning lamps, LED rear combination lamps, plus aerodynamically shaped 16-inch alloy wheels.

Inside the cabin, the vehicle is fitted with a unique Supervision instrument cluster and center stack with an eight-inch display screen. In keeping with its eco-friendly ethos, the interior components and trim will use an increased range of recycled materials including Bio Plastic, Bio Foam, Bio Fabric and Bio PET Felt, together with low volatility organic compounds and newly developed antibacterial materials and paint.

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27 responses to "2015 Kia Soul EV to Make World Premiere at 2014 Chicago Auto Show This Week"

  1. Anon says:

    Antibacterial materials? Just how filthy are those hamsters???

  2. Mr. M says:

    maybe some kind of chinese/asian thinking that antibacterial materials are good for you.

    1. Foo says:

      You do realize that Kia Motors is a Korean automaker? Not Chinese.

      1. Brian says:

        You do realize that Korea is in Asia? Therefore, Asian.

  3. David Murray says:

    Why show a California-only compliance car at the Chicago auto show? Nobody there will be able to buy one.

    1. I know that a dealer in Denver is installing a CHAdeMO charger in expectation of charger future Kia Soul EV’s there.

      Yes, it’s very clearly intended for CARB-ZEV compliance, however it’s possible it won’t be held to strict compliance like Honda and Toyota do with their respective pure “compliance-only” cars.

    2. Eric Loveday says:

      I suspect it will be sold nationwide, but in limited volume. Kia dealers across the nation are in the process of installing CHAdeMO chargers, so let’s say this will be a nationwide offering.

    3. SittingBull says:

      That’s probably why they’re showing it off in Chicago. We have a Chevy Spark EV, also made in Korea by Daewoo, except of course, for the battery, electric motor and related electric drive line parts and components. Oddly, those made in USA parts get shipped to Korea for assembly, the the whole package comes back to L. A.. We can’t say enough about how the car is just right for us. Palm Springs sunshine, relatively flat in the 10 mile radius from our house that comprises 90% of our driving. My latest is listening to the mini-muscle cars screaming around at night. Good at making noise but not so good at making ‘go fast’. It gives me a warm, inner feeling to know that we have a secret weapon, if ever we decided to take on those guys. Twice as fast and stealthily quiet, and it handles more like a formula 1 car than an econobox. The 600+ lb battery is as low in the car as is possible. Four wheel independent with discs and re-generative braking, which does 80% of the stopping and a sport steering wheel to manage a close ratio steering box. Main reason we chose the Spark besides the fact that it’s the fastest, is because it has a thermostatically controlled jacket for the battery to keep it at optimal temperature, desert or tundra.

      Once Chicago attendees get wind of what they’re missing…..

  4. Brian says:

    I’m not a fan of the looks of a Soul. I can’t look at a white one without seeing a Stormtrooper.

    http://cheezburger.com/4704553728

    Of course, you can always get a car wrap, like own of my neighbors:

    http://whatsupatupstate.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/did-you-see-the-mystery-machine-at-childrens-hospital/

    The important things I want to know are: price, markets and availability (for test drives/etc). I guess I’ll have to wait practically another year to know.

  5. Raymondjram says:

    The Korean built Chevy Spark EV is larger, safer, and has better EV specs, so why bother with Kia?

    1. Elroy says:

      A Spark is not larger than a Soul!

      1. danwat1234 says:

        But the Spark EV is a lot faster at acceleration I believe.

  6. KEVIN says:

    5 hour charge? lets hope that is at 6.6kw or greater
    3.3kw OBC would really stink
    least it has chademo

    heater ? if it uses a coil we all know what that does
    heat pump?

    impossible range prediction 27kwh =90 to 120 miles ? in a KIA soul ????
    the math just doesnt work

    1. EV Fan says:

      What math are you using?
      The Fit EV gets an EPA 82 mile range on a 20kWh battery.
      If they don’t hit 90 with 35% more battery, they’ve done something terribly wrong (which is of course possible).
      I’d be more concerned with thermal management. Those in cold regions should pay very close attention to the cabin and battery heaters – hot regions need efficient battery cooling. AFIK, the Spark EV has the best thermal management package in the low end cars – three separate coolant system (battery, electronics, cabin). And if plugged in will automatically heat/cool the battery if temps fall outside a certain range.

  7. Lou Grinzo says:

    While I certainly hope to see the Soul EV offered throughout the US, I’m not optimistic. This is Hyundai’s first EV, and I strongly suspect that it will be offered in very limited quantities in just a few markets.

    As more companies jump onto the EV bandwagon, I expect to see this pattern play out repeatedly. Lots of hoopla from the companies and high hopes among people on this site, only to see a months- or years-long ramp up.

    Still, more EV models and more EVs on the road are steps in the right direction. I just wish those steps were running, or even a jog, instead of a meandering stroll…

  8. arne-nl says:

    “109 HP”

    How much is that in kW?

    Can’t we agree to forget 19th century units?

    All ev’s diplay kW’s or kWh’s on the instruments. Petrolhead sites may use hp,let them. I don’t expect that on a site dedicated to ev’s.

  9. Brian says:

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=109+hp+to+kw

    It’s a simple conversion. Why does this upset you so much? All cars are rated in horsepower. It lets us compare apples to apples.

    1. Ocean Railroader says:

      I like it when they rate it in horse power vs some fancy thing I have never heard of that way I can compare it to how much power it has compared to my ice cars.

  10. Ocean Railroader says:

    I really hope this car can get a 110 miles on a charge to at least break out of the 80′s in that it seems most of them mass marketed EV’s being released now are only getting into the 80′s expect for the Tesla. At least with this one if it could at least get to a 110 it might make the others start raising their EV’s into the low 100′s next year.

    1. Brian says:

      I agree with the sentiment, but I highly doubt they will break into triple digits. I’m happy to be wrong on this one…