2015 Kia Soul EV Makes World Debut in Chicago

FEB 6 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 52

The 2015 Kia Soul EV has officially been unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

Soul EV

Soul EV

Here are its updated specs:

  • 109 HP
  • 210 Pound-feet of torque
  • 27 kWh lithium polymer battery pack
  • Target range of 80 to 100 miles according to Kia
  • Recharge in under 5 hours on 240 volt (via 6.6 kW on-board charger) or a 80% in about half an hour via CHAdeMO quick charge
  • 0 to 62 MPH in less than 12 seconds
  • Top speed of 90 MPH
  • Projection type headlamps
  • LED positioning lamps
  • LED rear combination lamps
  • Aerodynamically shaped 16-inch alloy wheels.
Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

The 2015 Kia Soul EV will be sold in the US, though it’s not clear at this time if it will for sure be offered nationwide.  Here’s what Kia says in regards to the US launch:

Soul EV

Soul EV

“The Soul EV will initially be sold in California and Oregon in the West and several Eastern states including New York, New Jersey and Maryland, the regions with the largest EV markets and infrastructure. KMA will look to offer the vehicle in other markets in the near future as infrastructure and demand grow. Pricing for the Soul EV will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch.”

Its target on-sale date is Q3 of 2014.

After its US launch, the Soul EV will be sold in select countries around the globe.

Full Kia press blast below:

Soul EV Gets CHAdeMO

Soul EV Gets CHAdeMO

SOUL EV LIGHTS UP 2014 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Kia’s First Mass Market Electric Vehicle Makes World Debut in the Windy City

– New 2015 Kia Soul EV offers an expected 80-100 miles of range
– State-of-the-art 27kWh lithium polymer battery has 200 Wh/kg energy density
– EV-specific version of UVO eServices includes downloadable apps, EV charger locations and more

CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2014 – Set to the sounds of soulful electrified blues music, Kia Motors America (KMA) today hosted the global unveiling of the 2015 Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. Scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2014, the Soul EV will be Kia’s first all-electric, zero-emissions car sold in the U.S. and expands the brand’s line of environmentally conscious vehicles. The Soul EV joined the refreshed 2014 Optima Hybrid on stage along with the Niro hybrid concept, illustrating Kia’s intent to lead the industry in providing technologically advanced vehicles that also reduce our dependency on non-renewable resources. Kia’s eco-friendly commitment was further underscored when Underwriters Laboratory (UL) honored the Soul EV with the organization’s first automotive environmental validation for its integration of more than 20 bio-friendly materials.

Soul EV

Soul EV

“The new Soul EV is at the forefront of Kia’s ‘Clean Mobility’ program and will offer an even more environmentally friendly option to our customers when it goes on sale later this year,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, KMA. “The Soul EV retains the fun and funky style as well as the packaging efficiency and utility that have made the gasoline-powered Soul such a huge hit with consumers. And to that winning combination it adds useable real-world range and multiple charging options, making it the perfect EV for everyone.”

The Soul EV will initially be sold in California and Oregon in the West and several Eastern states including New York, New Jersey and Maryland, the regions with the largest EV markets and infrastructure. KMA will look to offer the vehicle in other markets in the near future as infrastructure and demand grow. Pricing for the Soul EV will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch.

High Energy Density Battery and Usable Power

A top concern for EV buyers has commonly been range anxiety. The Soul EV addresses this issue by utilizing a highly energy-dense lithium-ion polymer battery. Located beneath the floor, the 27kWh, air-cooled, 200 watt-hour/kg battery is expected to yield a range of approximately 80-100 miles of real-world driving on a full charge, with internal testing and evaluation results exceeding 100 miles in some instances.

The 360 volt 96-cell lithium-ion polymer battery has been engineered for high capacity, thermal stability and safety. Accordingly, the battery features a nickel-cobalt-manganese cathode, which helps increase capacity, and a graphite-based anode, which increases durability while reducing weight. Additionally, the cells use a gel electrolyte, and each cell contains ceramic separators to significantly improve thermal stability and safety.

In an effort to maximize efficiency and range, the Soul EV uses Kia’s third-generation regenerative braking system to capture up to 12 percent of the car’s kinetic energy, which is fed back into the battery while the Soul EV is coasting and braking. Soul EV owners can choose between four different regeneration modes: “Drive” or “Brakes” modes in Eco-mode “Off,” and “Drive” or “Brakes” modes in Eco-mode “On” (the “Brakes” setting with Eco-mode “On” producing the most regeneration).

The Soul EV makes charging easy by plugging into any standard 120v outlet or a conventional 240v EV charger. Two charging ports are standard, including a SAE J1772 port for Level 1 and Level 2 AC, and a CHAdeMo DC fast-charging port (480v). Found behind a sliding door located in the front grille, the dual ports offer flexibility and increase the Soul EV’s go-anywhere appeal, making it more convenient to charge inside the owner’s garage or when on the road. Recharging times vary from 24 hours for a fully depleted battery using a standard 120-volt outlet and under five hours when plugged into a 240-volt outlet. An 80-percent charge can be achieved in as little as 33 minutes with a 50 kW-output charger. Kia has partnered with three charger providers – Bosch, Leviton and AeroVironment™ – which give Soul EV buyers an opportunity to select the unit best suited to their in-home needs.

Soul EV

Soul EV

Additionally, Kia retailers who sell the Soul EV will offer charging at no cost to Soul EV owners, making charging even more convenient.

The front-wheel drive Soul EV is powered by an 81.4 kW, 109-hp electric motor, producing a generous 210 lb.-ft. of torque. The liquid-cooled AC synchronous permanent magnet motor uses multi-layer magnets to help improve efficiency and reduce the whine that’s commonly experienced with other electric vehicles. The motor delivers its power to the front wheels through a single-speed constant-ratio gear reduction unit. Acceleration from 0-60 mph is expected to take fewer than 12 seconds with a top speed electronically limited to approximately 90 mph. The battery’s location beneath the floor offers the stable feel of a lower center of gravity, which helps ride and handling and ensures that the EV remains true to the Soul’s fun-to-drive reputation. Additional cross bracing beneath the low-mounted battery contributes to a 5.9 percent improvement in torsional rigidity over the gasoline-powered Soul.

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

Minimal Battery Intrusion

The Soul EV offers plenty of space inside the cabin thanks to minimal battery intrusion. Because of the battery’s flat design and location beneath the floor, there is only a slight 3.1-inch reduction to rear seat leg room (from 39.1 to 36 inches) from the non-EV Soul, yet Soul EV still offers more rear seat leg room than other key EV competitors. Rear shoulder and hip room remain unchanged from the gasoline-powered Soul, making Soul EV one of the roomiest in the segment. Rear cargo space is minimally impacted (reduced 5.1 cu.-ft. to 19.1) as the space under the cargo floor is utilized for the battery cooling fan and storage of the standard 120v charger.

Uniquely Designed Inside and Out

The Soul’s bold exterior design is also found on the EV. From the “floating” roof to the greenhouse that makes the car look like it is wearing wraparound sunglasses, the EV’s look is inspired by the 2012 Kia Track’ster concept and retains the iconic square-shouldered broad stance of the original Soul. Initially, the Soul EV will be offered in three color choices: Pearl White lower body with Electronic Blue roof, Caribbean Blue lower body with Clear White roof, and Bright Silver with Clear White roof. The signature two-tone paint theme is exclusive to the EV and was inspired by a similar treatment seen on the Track’ster. The EV-exclusive front fascia utilizes a larger grille to accommodate the charging ports, and other unique exterior Soul EV design features include color accent trim in the front and rear fascias, projector headlights, LED positioning lamps, and LED tail lights. “Eco Electric” fender badging replaces the “Soul” fender garnish found on the gasoline-powered car, and the Soul EV gets its own set of distinctive 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped with specially engineered Super Low Rolling Resistance (SLRR) tires that offer 10 percent less resistance than standard low rolling resistance tires, helping to improve range.

Soul EV

Soul EV

When launched in 2014, the all-new Soul was lauded for its premium interior and significantly reduced levels of NVH. The Soul EV will be instantly recognizable for these same qualities. Like its gasoline-powered sibling, a circular theme pervades the cabin and is a pleasing contrast to the exterior’s angular good looks. Inside, the Soul EV sets itself further apart from its gasoline-powered sibling with bright white accent trim on the center console, instrument panel and door panels, lending a light and modern feel to the passenger space. Distinguished by Kia’s most extensive use of bio-based materials, the Soul EV has received UL’s first ever automotive environmental claim validation for its 10.9 lbs. of bio-based organic content in interior plastic. Front and center is the use of BTX-free paint on the audio system surround, vent bezel and the floor console. Bio-based plastics derived from cellulose and sugar cane are found in many places within the cabin, including the door panels, headliner, seat trim, roof pillars and carpeting. In all, organic, bio-based materials are used in 19 different interior parts, making the Soul EV an electric-vehicle segment leader in eco-friendly material application. Separate from the bio-based content validation, extensive use of antibacterial materials also help to keep the cabin clean and are found on the gear selector, audio and HVAC controls, instrument panel switchgear and the floor-mounted center console. Combined, eco-friendly materials are used in 23 different interior parts, making the Soul EV an electric-vehicle segment leader in eco-friendly material application.

The Soul EV features exclusive interior color options that perfectly complement the exterior. Two interior seating materials will be offered: Standard eco-friendly cloth or optional leather. Both are gray with offsetting blue stitching on the cloth seats and blue piping on the leather seats. Additional blue stitching is found on the steering wheel and center console armrest.

Standard Soul EV amenities include navigation, Rear Camera Display , Bluetooth® hands free operation, power windows, power driver’s seat, cruise control, 6.6kW on-board charger and an exclusive HVAC system designed to extend driving range by minimizing energy draw.

Air conditioning is one of the largest energy drains in any electric vehicle, but the Soul EV’s HVAC system is designed to provide optimum comfort while also helping to extend the car’s range by minimizing energy use. The Soul EV uses four key technologies to maximize HVAC efficiency: an available heat pump (optional on Base, standard on “+”), individual ventilation, scheduled ventilation, and smart air induction control. The heat pump and surplus heat recovered from the Soul EV’s electrical systems help heat cabin air. Individual ventilation allows selection of “Driver Only,” which stops airflow to the passenger side front dash and floor vents and the floor vents for the rear passenger compartment, thereby focusing airflow on the driver and reducing the amount of time needed to reach a comfortable interior temperature. Scheduled ventilation reduces EV energy use by pre-heating or cooling the passenger compartment prior to starting the car, while it is still plugged into a charger. Air induction control regulates inner and outer air flow to minimize HVAC usage, regulating interior temperature by carefully managing recirculated cabin air.

Forward Thinking Technology

Available at no cost for the first five years of ownership, UVO EV Services, a special version of Kia’s award-winning telematics and infotainment system, is put to even greater use in the Soul EV. Utilizing an embedded connectivity solution powered by the Verizon network and an integral smartphone app, UVO EV Services provides owners with an innovative, real-time, in-vehicle connectivity experience that includes navigation and added convenience features specifically tailored for the Soul EV that will help owners stay informed as to their vehicle’s charging status while on the go. UVO EV Services provides real-time battery-level status, distance to empty, and the ability to search for nearby charging stations. Also, via the UVO EV app, owners can preset charging time and charging level ratios, as well as precondition the vehicle cabin with remote control of the HVAC presets. Preconditioning the vehicle moderates cabin temperature in advance, helping reduce battery draw once the Soul EV is uncoupled from the charging station. At a glance, UVO will also update EV owners of their CO2 savings and their relative positive impact on the environment.

Introduced for the first time on the Soul EV, UVO EV Services includes downloadable apps that reside on the Soul EV’s standard 8-inch capacitive-touch navigation screen. EV owners may download Yelp® , the online urban city guide that helps people find cool places to eat, shop, relax and play. Soul EV owners will also enjoy iHeartRadio, the free, all-in-one digital radio service that lets customers listen to their favorite live stations or create their own commercial-free, all-music custom stations. Sound Hound, which is also available and accessible through the touch screen, listens to what’s playing and displays all related information such as lyrics, the artist, title and album cover art.

Arriving with a five-year complimentary subscription to SiriusXM™ Data Services and Travel Link, the Soul EV has access to charging stations and travel information such as road conditions, weather and security alerts as well as sports scores, movie times and stock prices through the screen’s graphical interface and electronic program guide.

The Soul EV also features Kia’s first use of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology. Low energy consumption and virtually no heat build-up make OLED perfect for an electric-vehicle application. Found within the Soul EV’s exclusive Supervision instrument cluster, the 3.5-inch OLED screen is crystal clear and provides information on the vehicle’s energy flow, charging time, ECO driving level and energy economy, which measures how efficiently the battery is operating. Additionally, the OLED screen provides a three-stage alert for the Soul EV’s State of Charge (SOC), which allows the driver to quickly decipher how much charge remains within the battery and when it’s time to plug in to a charging unit.

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52 Comments on "2015 Kia Soul EV Makes World Debut in Chicago"

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

That battery doesn’t look too bad, but this thing is just too slow. The benchmark for 0-60 IMO is in the 7s range. Both expensive (i3) and inexpensive (Spark EV) can manage it. Get on the stick, automakers!

David Murray

I agree – I looked at that 12 second figure and said “WTF?” Nobody is going to buy an EV that slow.. The i-Miev is proof of that. That’s also the biggest complaint about the Prius-C and it is even faster, at 11 seconds. WIth a 27 Kwh battery there is no excuse for such slow acceleration. They’d better get it under 10 seconds if they hope to sell many of these. And, like you said… 7 seconds it is the range to shoot for!

Bill Howland

I’d buy this car with 12 second acceleration to 60, and I own a roadster. Acceleration isn’t the most important thing at all times. A decent range to me is far more important.

Brian

Bill, if I had a roadster, I would consider a slow car too. But I would want both so I can get my “fix” with the roadster, and my utility with the slower/larger car.

I think they would have been smarter to just leave that specification out and highlight some of the other positives (personally I don’t think it’s so bad – but I’m not a speed freak). For example, I would bet that the storage capacity with rear seats down is the same as the ICE Soul (61.3 cu.ft), and that’s quite a bit more space than any other EV priced at $30k or lower. With CHADMO QC coming online quickly and 6.6kw L2 charging, it’s a better road-tripping EV than any other in its class also.

Of course, this is a bit academic until we see the real range, highway efficiency (probably less than 70 miles range going 65 mph, for example) and actual cargo capacity.

MTN Ranger

The press release says: ” reduced 5.1 cu.-ft. to 19.1″. So total is 56.3cf.

Mikey

Gotta love the steel wheels!

The grill looks funny to me. All the manufacturers have gone to great lengths to identify their cars by the grill, but now that it’s unnecessary, they just can’t let it go.

Mart Shearer

I agree that branding through grill shape and headlight design is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

In the future, instead of the personality of a car being identified by its grill, it will be identified by its radome.

Bloggin

This looks like it would be fun to drive. If the lease is around $200/mo whith about $2k down, it should do very well. I would pick this over the i3 if I wanted more interior/cargo space in an EV.

Being new to the market, it should be about $35k, high enough to keep consumers form actually buying it, so they can minimize the possible impact during this real world consumer test in limited markets.

But with the air cooled battery pack like the Leaf to keep costs down, early capacity issues are on the way. Which is good they are keeping it in milder climates.

DaveMart

New York a mild climate?
If you are travelling there at the moment, I would advise you to pack more than a tee-shirt!

The battery being air cooled does not necessarily mean that it relies on passive cooling like the Leaf, it could perfectly well have active air cooling, which is a very different matter, and if done right can do a pretty good job of keeping the temperature down.

Bloggin

Mild meaning not hot, where heat has the greatest impact on the battery pack holding a charge, and impacts how fast the charge can occur, as fast charging generates heat and fans can only blow so much air depending on the outside temp.

Which may be why the charging time is slowed quite a bit at about 5 hours at 240, when it’s only 3kWh larger than the Leaf and 4kWh than the Focus Electric, at 3.6 hrs charging time.

Paul

NY, not hot? You obviously have never lived here–or experienced the Great Northeast Blackout of Summer of 2003!!

I had a BMW Mini-E all-electric for one year in 2009. I distinctly remember several times in the summer when I got the “high-battery temperature” warning light while driving and how the fans in the battery (located just behind the driver’s seat) would kick in to try and cool them down when trying to recharge in the oppressive summer heat and humidity!

I think I’ll take liquid-based thermal management systems over that fan racket ANY day! 😛

Brian

New York feels hot because of the humidity. But the battery knows the difference between 95F / 95% humidity (e.g. NY) and 130F / 10% humidity (e.g. AZ).

I remember that blackout well. I was working at IBM in Poughkeepsie at the time. Route 9 was absolute chaos without working traffic lights, and the parking lot felt like an oven. At least I had gas in my car to run the A/C!

Brian

Hey, it’s 16F here right now – that’s not mild? 😉

David Murray

Big woop. It’s 19 degrees today here in Ft.Worth, TX.

Brian

Do you want a prize? It’s probably well below zero in Minnesota…

Anon

The sugar-based bioplastics explain why there are antimicrobial treatments in the interior…

Front looks surprisingly bland. Blackout the nosecone / charge port door, or chrome plate it.

Taser54

Perhaps the squirrels will eat this EV made with sugar based bioplastics as they do with soy-base wiring harnesses.

sven

Anon,

You couldn’t be more wrong. Sugar is antimicrobial. It inhibits microbial growth.

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5811712_effect-sugars-bacterial-growth.html

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-do-salt-and-sugar-pre/

Anon

Don’t forget that your colon is chock full of osmophilic bacteria…

sven

Touché!

Ted Fredrick

Thats why you can store sugar for years it will not promote growth on its own

Ted Fredrick

Try storing something that is good for you loke a steak. It will spoil in 10 hours

Mart Shearer

@Anon “Front looks surprisingly bland. Blackout the nosecone / charge port door, or chrome plate it.” Hey, we could even perforate it and put an ICE behind it!!!
Electric cars don’t need a big grill. It’s like putting boobs on a man. They’re nice, but not everyone needs falsies if they don’t have them.

Anon

I think VW does the best at designing vehicles that have strong branding / design, but not by relying on large grills. This probably comes from a history of selling / building rear engine air-cooled cars. The modern version of the Beetle still de-emphasizes the ICE grill to keep its retro look.

Kia has no such design history. And since they went with a hybrid nose-cone (Tesla) / sliding charge port door (Nissan – Renault), it would have been nice to accent their “Falsie”, rather than just leave it fade back into the body using the main paint color. If it’s good enough for Tesla to use a strong accent color, it should work fine for bringing out the face of Kia’s Soul EV, too.

Taser54

That Chaedemo plug combined with the J1772 is horrendeously large chunk of real estate..

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Indeed, the CCS is a superior socket because it reduces barndoor size by so much: it works as both L1/L2 AC as well as L3 DC.

The i3 has a extreme visible huge door at the side. The door in the front is fully integrated in the design and and ppl who don’t know it, will not even see it.

Brian

It’s a similar setup to the Leaf. I don’t really find the larger door cumbersome – and I don’t even have a CHAdeMO port on my car, so a lot of it is wasted.

Honestly, I’m glad they put it on the front of the car rather than the side. My personal preference would be to not trip over the cord every time I get out of my car…

Coffee
This is a proof that the “SAE Standard” Combo / CCS is dead on arrival. Think of it from a Korean car maker perspective – when there is an established global standard (CHAdeMO) that covers every square centimeter of Japan, UK, Norway and Estonia, lots of Korea, North America and Europe with a single plug, why ignore it and make something that works in only one region, North America? What’s also laughable is that an incompatible Euro variant of Combo / CCS exists just for Europeans. Of course a Korean automaker is going to sell what they already have that’s good for the rest of the world. Why do anything else? Sorry to hurt the feeling of people at SAE, but SAE’s only a regional organization serving north america, not a global one and they don’t get to make a call as to what’s the standard. Period. GM might convince politicians to force installation of Combo in the US, but they stand ZERO chance of being the global standard from the get-go. Their friends in Europe have an incompatible Combo/CCS their way, and some technical detail like PLC it uses messes with the public smart meter grid in Korea so… Read more »
SeattleTeslaGuy

Maybe I missed your point but just how many European Vacationers take a car to Florida?

FWIW, choice of FCDC plug is something that is easily changed by a manufacturer. Lots of examples already. In the end, if an automaker wants to sell a car, they will make it work with the local infrastructure. I think the whole standards war will end due to pragmatics. The market will vote with it’s $$$$.

Coffee

Point taken SeattleTeslaGuy, not many…

You’re absolutely right, the market decides. To me it feels like the era of competing EV standard has come and gone already, it’s 2014. When the dust settled it was CHAdeMO that emerged…at least in Japan way back.

So, I was sorta annoyed when GM started to stir that up all over again with this SAW nonsense. It’s sort of like, state of north dakota proposes a new wall plug that’s incompatible…or….DELL says there’s USB plug that doesn’t work with the rest of the world, only available in US….I’m just annoyed by the idea of making yet another standard from scratch that’s not even global.

So I guess it’s the question of….has the market decided, or is it still deciding? We’ll see….I’m of the opinion that it already has voted, settled and is moving on.

Mart Shearer

Saw this on Slashdot today…Esther Schindler writes “We all know how important tech standards are. But the making of them is sometimes a particularly ugly process. Years, millions of dollars, and endless arguments are spent arguing about standards. The reason for our fights aren’t any different from those that drove Edison and Westinghouse: It’s all about who benefits – and profits – from a standard.” Nothing wrong with having three standards, the SAE standard and CHAdeMO and Tesla, it’s about who benefits — AND PROFITS from going to a single standard.

Bill Howland
Yeah I’m a big fan of Standards, even that Lousy J1772 standard. I was told by Tesla I was the first 220 volt charging customer of their Roadster who insisted ONLY on J1772, and refused to use their proprietary equipment. The reason I say its lousy is you can have cars which meet the standard (RAV4EV for instance), and have charging docks which also meet the standard, but the two don’t work together! Plugging in a device that uses a bit more juice than a clothes dryer but less than a kitchen cooker (called ‘range’ in North America), and to have it not work often is just attrocious. My Schneider EVLINK did not work with Roadster, and public EVLINK stations do not work. Tesla at least was friendly about it : “GEE we hope you figure it out Bill, of course, if you can’t then we always have our proprietary products to sell you!”. Schneider was much more haughty: “It works with a Leaf and a Volt, that’s all we care about! Goodbye!”. The same arrogant engineer called back when I mentioned to the distributor that I was the first purchaser of this product in the entire northeast USA district.… Read more »
David Murray

Yeah, I’m not fond of Tesla’s charging solution. Its actually a bit ironic. It reminds me of Steve Jobs a little. Here’s why. From what I heard, Elon thought the J1772 was ugly. So they designed their own system. But all of the public chargers are J1772. So now Tesla owners must use an adapter that is ugly and adds extra work when plugging in. I hear sometimes they even get stuck. So what was the point?

A good analogy is my Apple Mac Mini. It has NO USB ports on the front of the computer, because Steve Jobs said that is not elegant. So every time I want to plug something in, I have to turn the computer sideways or nearly all the way around, half the time unplugging other cables by accident, just to use the stinking USB port. Is that elegant? Heck no.

Sometimes you have to compromise some.

ModernMarvelFan

But that Apple design didn’t stop you from buying the product…

Does that say something about you or the product design?

Bill Howland

I was told years ago the reason was the J1772 standard was 30 amps and they wanted 70. I’m not quite sure what the big hurry was since 30 is what I use 99% of the time, either at home at around 230 or at a public charger at anywhere from 195-210. The similar Detroit Electric Evora look-alike maxs at 32 amps.

As far as apple products go, after a certain number of years Steve Jobs started rubbing me the wrong way, and that was before watching the highly critical movie about him by the same name. They never mentioned it in the movie, but Jobs would call a huge press conference stating, “Apple discovered these mounting feet were made with Chinese Slave Labor, so we’re discontinuing use of this supplier!!” to great fanfare and applause! Of course, the mother board wasn’t able to be second-sourced but also was made with the same labor, so of course they continued using that supplier. That sort of thing.

SeattleTeslaGuy

I dunno, looks like a total me-too compliance car.

That’s what I was going to post. Unless this thing costs $24k, there’s now “Wow” factor.
I’ll pass.

Brian

I’m glad they confirmed CHAdeMO for this car. I’m also happy to see New York on the list of initial launch markets. It’s not a compelling option, but hey – it’s an option. It’s also good to see an optional heat pump.

Assaf

California, Oregon, and ‘established EV markets in the East Coast’? Yet another automaker pisses on Washington – the state with the highest % EV penetration in 2013, but no affordable BEV offering besides the Leaf (and now the Smart ED, hopefully).

Seems we’ll remain an essentially captive Leaf market for a while.

EV Fan

CARB credits – if you lobby your lawmakers they can join the bandwagon?

KEVIN

Not bad , I’m still skeptical but impressed with some of the features and the thought that appears to have gone into this car. I dont ike the looks , I would prefer the looks of the ICE Soul , why do mfrs feel the need to put goofy trim and wheels on the EV version???

I noted that the battery has a cooling fan in the spare floor area sounds like active cooling with air, thats good.
also 6.6kw OBC and chademo
the ice versions have heated and ventilated seats hope it retains that feature.
Sold in Maryland so it could be available to Virginia buyers?

Kevin

I am now sure that someone has taken control of the EV designers brains( oil company execs) ?

And telepathically controlled them to produce the worst stupid design electric cars possible!

Everyone and I mean everyone from Honda to Nissan, to VW , you name it has ruined otherwise ok or good looking ice cars when they convert them to EV’s,,,,,,,

It’s a conspiracy I am sure , no one could do this to a car with a straight face.

This is coming from a former Honda element owner

The EV soul is the most awful looking car I have ever seen.

Bill Howland

Aw c’mon… The Soul you either like or you don’t. It was considered stylish at the time.

Regarding the J1772 , optional CHademo combo, this is the smart way to go in my opinion. Decent charging rate (6.6 kw or convenience 1.5 kw normally), and 50 kw for those who need it. Only those who need it have to pay for it.

Now, lets see if the thing has provision for a bigger battery.

Anon

We should take bets as to what automaker will be the first to buy into Tesla’s Supercharging Standard and ignores the whole CSS / CHAdeMO debate.

Brian

I would put money on one of those who are already using a Tesla drive train (and therefore are only minimally investing in EVs themselves), namely Daimler and Toyota.

io

My bet would be, assuming Tesla remains independent: none.

Too risky for any manufacturer to become dependent on the infrastructure and IP of single company, not to mention, a competitor.
Telsa’s system is proprietary. By contrast, CHAdeMO and SAE CCS are open, documented standards, which any company, being either in the vehicles or charging equipment business, can freely implement (admittedly, for the latter, not many did).

mustang_sallad

I still don`t understand how anyone can look at a Chademo plug and call CCS the frakenplug. I mean, sure it gets the job done and they have a multi-year headstart, but if you`re going to start calling names based on appearance…

Bill Howland

No insults intended with respect to the Frankenplug. Its just called that informally as a way to distinguish from the Chademo, which looks quite handsome when its connectors are not naked.

@mustang +1