2015 Kia Soul EV Reviewed By Everyman Driver – Video

MAR 20 2015 BY MIKE ANTHONY 11

It seems like Everyman Driver drank rather a lot of coffee right before giving his first impressions of the 2015 Kia Soul EV.

Everyman Drive is especially giddy over the Soul EV and for good reason.  You see, the electric Soul is actually a really swell electric cars.  To bad it’s not sold nationwide.

Fancy instrument cluster is fancy!

Fancy instrument cluster is fancy!

For a decently priced mid-range EV, you get a lot for the money. One of the key pluses for the Soul would be its spacious interior & cargo room.

You’ll find more technical data on the Soul EV in this video description:

“A top concern for EV buyers has commonly been range anxiety. The Soul EV addresses this issue with a highly energy-dense lithium-ion polymer battery. Located beneath the floor, the 27kWh, air-cooled, 200 watt-hour/kg battery enables an EPA estimated range of 93 miles, which is better than all other EVs on the market except the Tesla Model S luxury EV.

The 360-volt, 192-cell, lithium-ion polymer, gel-electrolyte 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 carbon graphite-based anode, which increases durability while reducing weight.

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

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 drive mode combinations: “Drive” or “Brake” modes in Eco-mode “Off,” and “Drive” or “Brake” modes in Eco-mode “On” (the “Brake” or “B” 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 120v outlet and under five hours when plugged into a 240v outlet. An 80-percent charge can be achieved from empty in as little as 33 minutes with a 50 kW-output DC fast 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.

Additionally, the 17 Kia retailers participating in the first wave of the Soul EV launch each will be equipped with multiple Level 2 chargers and a DC fast charger, bringing California’s DC fast charging network total to 215, a nearly nine percent increase statewide. KMA’s EV charging infrastructure plan provides Soul EV buyers with broad coverage, flexibility and excellent support, and Kia’s networking partnership with Greenlots will connect customers to DC fast chargers in convenient locations throughout California.”

There’s a full review of the Kia Soul EV coming up from Everyman Driver. We’ll report on it when it hits the YouTubes.

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Don’t waste your time watching this, I turned this off when he said “electric fuel tank” really what a dip.

Not much new here. I did want to see how big the cargo area in the back was. Its really small in a Leaf.

OK. So he knows nothing about EVs.That makes him a perfect representative of the average car owner. I’ve never heard of him, but maybe he has a following. It will be interesting to see his week long review. It could be a plus for EVs in general.

Good point. It is interesting hearing what the layman thinks about EVs.

Hey, look at me, I just sat in the car and love to hear myself talk- here’s a video where I claim to be an authority on something I don’t know. Stay tuned, when my next video absolutely will contain the words “range anxiety” and will show me running the car to turtle, because heavens knows, that’s totally an original idea.

Why the hell would any car not least a small car looking to maximise space put the gearstick between the front two seat? Put it on the steering column or at least on the dashboard.

I also hate living in the UK that cars have the hand brake (emergency brake) in the middle too, put it on the other side of the seat to make more space.

Al Bundy reviews the ‘Hamster Car’, on “Married with EVs”, next on FOX.

I actually really, really want one of these. The efficiency is no doubt impacted by the shape, but that is made up for fully (probably even much more in city driving) by the larger battery. My only concern would be arsehole Nissan dealers possibly telling me I couldn’t fill up at their Chademos. There’d probably even be trouble at the NRG-branded for-pay Chademos at a lot of Nissan dealers (I’d be driving in AL-GA-TN).

If you want to see a quality review, check out Alex on Autos (he puts all others to shame with complete accurate information). Full review coming soon, until then check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqSsE-GS1ag

Agreed ! Nice Informative, Professional Video ,Interesting & Worthwhile To Watch .

I really wanted the Soul EV but Kia Ireland decided not to import it because they felt the Irish public would not be interested in it. I said how could they be interested in something they don’t know exists ? advertise it and see what happens, fools !!!

What’s really going on is they don’t want anything to do with electric cars and don’t want to spend money on re-training mechanics or buying new equipment for what they feel will only be a tiny amount sold.