2020 Kia Soul Electric Gets 243-Mile EPA Range Rating

FEB 14 2019 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 140

New Soul EV goes the distance.

With a range of 243 miles, the new 2020 Kia Soul Electric goes the distance. In fact, it has more range than the Kia Niro EV.

Kia debuted the new Soul back at the LA Auto Show and shocked us all with news that it would be fitted with the 64-kWh battery pack found in both the Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric.

We had assumed the smaller 39-kWh pack would find its way into the Soul Electric, but that’s not the case for the U.S. Kia says U.S. buyers demand a lot of range and on that front, the Soul Electric delivers.

InsideEVs took a shot in the dark at the range of the new Soul awhile back. Here’s what we stated:

The next generation Kia Soul EV celebrated its world premiere at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. One of the most upbeat urban compact crossovers is back with even more appeal & upgrades. The vehicle will be powered by a next-generation, state-of-the-art liquid-cooled lithium-ion polymer 64 kWh battery. That’s the same as what’s found in the Kia Niro EV.

Considering that the current Soul EV, with its 30-kWh battery pack, is EPA-rated at 111 miles, we figure this 2020 Soul EV, with 64-kWh on board, will travel close to 240 miles per charge, maybe even more. Sadly, since it’s Kia, this will be a limited offering in the U.S., so availability will be an issue.

Looks as though we undershot on range by some 3 miles. We’ll try to hone in a bit better in the future. Hopefully, those three additional miles make all the difference for future owners.

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The 2020 Soul Electric will go on sale in the U.S. in limited form later this year. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

Check out the 2020 Soul EV in additional colors here and take a look at our range comparo below.

 

Hat tip Chris Petriello!

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Will if ever come to Florida?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

In 11 months

If you drive it there from California.

and take a 2 week Sabbatical to get there

Can be done in a couple of days with EA network

Even if you had two drivers and drove 24/7 (when not charging) you couldn’t drive any EV (not even a Tesla) from California to Florida in “a couple of days”. Going from Los Angeles to Orlando is 37 hours just of driving time, figure 45 minutes of charging every 150 miles that’s a minimum of 17 charging stops taking almost 13 hours just for charging so 50 hours is your bare minimum without any wasted time.

“Even if you had two drivers and drove 24/7 (when not charging) you couldn’t drive any EV (not even a Tesla) from California to Florida in “a couple of days”

I could do it without a second driver. Pensacola Fl to Blythe Ca is less than 1,850 miles. Given your 17 hours of charging I can get there averaging under 60 mph.

So 2.08 days (50h) is not “a couple of days”? 🤔

Exactly. Sounds like someone took “a couple of days” far too literally. By “a couple”, I meant “a small number”, not exactly two days. For the sake of my comment, 3 days would still be “a couple of days”.

My comment was in response to the “2 week Sabbatical”. It wouldn’t take two weeks, it would take half a week.

“So 2.08 days (50h) is not “a couple of days”? 🤔”

30.9+ 17 = 47.8 < 48

Adding a bit of reality from Ca to Fl we lose 3 Hrs so we need to get it done in 45 Hrs. Reputedly a M3 LR can add 200 miles of range in 30 minutes.
Pad that to 40 min per charging stop to allow time to get to/from SC. We can easily make it in 12 stops and rarely go over 220 miles between SCs. That gives us only 8 hours of charging so it seems we should be able to do it in under 40 hours without pushing it.

Some CA dealers will do long distance deals with people wanting to buy from out of state. All you have to do is pay for shipping back to your home state (plus eventually taxes/reg fees in your state).

but after you do this, can your local dealers service it? Certainly the maintenance is different than an ICE car, but if something goes wrong, do you have to take it to a dealer in a state equipped to handle it?

Short answer…yes. But if the car is planed to go national then soon dealers in your area will be trained to service it…till then better hope you don’t have any issues.

Or can take it to a Chevy dealer and service it since they have bolts that need to service

Different cars, different software, different parts. No go.

Issues with the power plant are very few and my guess is KIA dealerships may be able to help with most others. Check with your dealer. They may be willing to order parts and service your car. I had no service issues in three years with my early SoulEV.

Get on the CARB train…like CO has recently. Then Kia will have to seek them in your state. Bug, pester, lobby your relevant state elected n appointed officials to make your state a CARB adhering state.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

States can be grouped. New England is grouped so they won’t even sell the Niro EV in ME, NH and VT.

False info dnrbtl…VT is in the “group” of states that follow the carb zev regs. The niro ev will be offered in vt n the other carb states within a year.

When will it be sold in Florida?

When they join the CARB emissions standard. Or in other words, never.

Especially as long as the GOP is in control there.

200+ is now the base range benchmark, hopefully Kia will actually produce and sell this in some volume.

Yes, especially for US. There is the class right under that too, around 150 mile range, which most of these cars are available with in Europe, but aren’t bringing to the US. Seems like around 40 kWh, 60 kWh, and 80 kWh will be more common, with over 80 kWh showing up in more premium vehicles.

Current technology makes step of ~20 kWh reasonable.

40 kWh is so 2018 😉

It’s so 2012 in Tesla years…

Model S came in a 40 kWh version. It was never meant to be made, it was only meant to give Tesla an excuse for having promised a $56,000 dollar sedan. In fact the rough plan was the “change perceptions of electric cars” roadster should be about $100k, then whitestar (the S) was supposed to be a luxury sedan at about $50k, and bluestar (the E, which became the 3 since Ford owned the Model E trademark) take it all mainstream at around $25k. That was the “secret plan” Elon’s talked so much about! There’s nothing wrong with things not going to plan. In fact if you’re innovating that is very unlikely. But the way Tesla went about it was, now that we see what they did, very deceptive. The timeline was impossible and they knew it. The prices were ridiculously low. Then they introduced the S and said it cost $56k “after incentives and savings” — with a 40 kWh pack! In fact they still present prices that way in the US configurator. In Norway the courts have changed their mind and they quote the actual price, with the price “after savings” being in the small print. I guess… Read more »

I’m aware of that, but they did sell S60s that were software-limited to 40, so the car could be upgraded for the difference in price.

Only to people who had put down a cash deposit, sight unseen, before they even announced that the S 40 was going away. For anyone waiting to see the car first, it was never available.

Actually, I have an EV Associate (EV Club, Fellow Member), Who Ordered the 40 kWh Model S, Online, the very same day that Tesla Announced they would no longer take orders for it, since that was only about 5% of Reservations! He did get the 40 kWh Software Energy Limited, 60 kWh Battery, however, but, at the announced 40 kWh Price! But, otherwise, it had the Acceleration that the Regular Model S 60’s had! Later, he spotted me in Wisconsin, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and called me over! I discovered he had then upgraded to the full 60 kWh Battery, and added the Supercharger Option! His Drive Time there, using Superchargers, from Brampton, ON, was less than mine from Downsview, ON, in my 2010 ICE Kia Soul 2U, using Fast Filling Gas Stations! Plus, the US$ Price, of the 40 kWh Model S, was priced the same way GM Pitched the Bolt EV: “Post Tax Credits”, based on the full $7,500! Chevy’s price for the Bolt EV was Pitched as $29,995* … *After $7,500 Tax Credit! Tesla’s 2012 Pitch was $49,995 After $7,500 Tax Credit! Model 3, on the other hand, was pitched as “$35,000 (without counting any Tax Credits!),… Read more »

The EPA range numbers of the Kona, Niro and Soul are really quite close and at least one tester (in an article here at IEVs) got the same or slightly more in the Niro than Kona. Over the next couple of years we will get better real world data on how there 3 perform. Driving style and type (city, highway, acceleration/stopping, cruising speed, etc) will make substantially more difference than the difference in these ratings.

243 is also the # they will bring to the U.S. in the forseeable future.

Probably, which means these won’t sell for less than MSRP.

Tastes are tastes, but damn that’s an ugly car… and the color almost “blinds” me :)…
But besides that it seems nice, great efficiency too.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“pistachio green”……..lol

Yeah I agree, the color is quite…….barf.
The car itself seems to be aight.

HV yellow/green. It’s a trade-off. If someone hits you they can’t say I didn’t see them, or if they do the judge will look at them quizzically.

My 2015 was black and red, and I loved the color scheme!

For Some Reason, I am intrigued by Yellow & Black Color Schemes? Maybe I Like… “BEES?”

i love chartreuse…different strokes for different folks. diversity, ain’t it grand!

The Kia Soul itself is an ugly little car, however it has some sort of cute aesthetic to it. It’s like those ugly dog breeds that for some reason a lot of people find adorable. This new Kia will sell just fine, especially with its gaudy colors.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

The color ensures you can find it in the parking lot with Ninja quickness.

How much extra power does the Yellow / Green paint draw, from the 64 kWh battery? 🤣

I don’t like that, or the Mini – but people keep buying them, so there must be a market. 2 guys at work have a KIA Soul, and have been really happy with the choise they made.
Now, I’m so used to it. It is among the most sold EVs in Norway.

Going to need the Sexy Hamster Girls, in the Ads, I Guess! But, yeah! I have a White, 2010, of which there are many, and, my own Sister thinks is Ugly!

I just know, as to Fuel Economy, I agree… It is Ugly! Hardly better than the 2008 Dodge Dakota, Mid Sized Pickup that I had Leased! So, it needs 4 kWh more than the Bolt EV, to get 5 More Miles Rated Range! Again… Poor Energy Economy!

Still, 243 Miles, will start Attracting more buyers, than the first 93 Miles, or second 110 miles Range versions did!

I wonder what would have happened to the iMiEV sales, if Mitsubishi had offered a step up, along the way, from the little 16 kWh Battery? Maybe to 20, then 24 kWh, at least? If they could have stretched it’s length, just a bit more, and gone to a 24 kWh Battery, it should have been a good little 100-120 mile range, Commuter Car! It could have even done Car Pool Duty!

To each their own, but I like it. I considered a Soul the last time I got an ICE. I think the EV would be a great city car.

Soul ev does very well on the highway too thank you very much…243 miles makes it even more than my measly 93

It won’t get 243 miles at 70mph.

Nor will your gas car get is projected range on a full tank at 70mph.

Which is why EPA mileage/range numbers need to be calculated at reasonable speeds, EPA considers “highway” driving at 45MPH so virtually all automakers target that speed for peak efficiency.

EPA Highway mileage should be calculated at 65MPH.

Exactly…70 is illegal most places

I thought Wisconsin was one of the last states to go to 70mph, but they did some time ago. It looks like a least 40 states have 70 speed limits, though in Wisconsin (and probably most other places) you’d likely be little more than a semi’s speed-bump if you went only the speed limit.

In upstate NY, the semi’s actually go the speed limit, even though the cars go 10-15 over. That’s fine with me – I just hang out (a safe distance) behind a semi and cruise. It’s like driving with body guards. Nobody gets on my bumper, they just go around.

I like the looks. It’s stylish and young. Why do people complain about cars being boring, and then call anything that isn’t a conventional silver sedan ugly?

Because people just like to complain. And unfortunately the market bares out that most of those who type away on forums and comments never go buy a new car, so do what the Manufacturers do, ignore them.

The term my wife and I use for the Soul is “funky”. We both like it, especially in the “vampire scheme”, i.e. black with red trim, and it’s a strong candidate for my next car. That won’t be for at least 2 more years, so I expect my list of potential vehicles (BEVs only, of course) will be much longer than it is now.

If it were at least somewhat bigger I would try to convince my wife to replace her Rogue with a Soul, but we actually do need the extra cargo space.

My kids would drive this over a Bolt or Leaf any day.

And soon – $3750 cheaper!

Only from MSRP. Actual street purchase price might still be more than Bolt.

Your kids don’t have the money to buy it…

So? Most kids are driving a car that Daddy or Mommy bought for them. If Doggydogworld wants to buy his/her kids a brand new EV, I so go for it!

If it is between walking and driving a Leaf or Bolt some how I think they would drive no matter what. Let them walk, it is good for them.

Soul was and is hugely successful and popular. It appealed to those who were tired of the car status game.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

You have a strange definition of hugely popular.

Just head out on a 1,500 or more, mile long Road Trip! You can play Soul Spotting Easily! They are everywhere!

Weird-looking cars seem to have a tendency to embrace their oddness with use of gaudy colours…

Many people like color, many people that like colors and buy vehicles that the majority think are weird don’t care what other people think of their vehicle. I see too many lemmings: “I like red, but I don’t want people thinking I am having a mid life crisis, so instead of buying this nice sporty car I will buy a colorless CUV.”

This green color will appeal to quite a few people, and those people won’t care what others think of the color. Same with the style of the vehicle.

Yes, but you can get a Soul in a more boring color. It’s not all Psycho Neon Kermit.

The color doesn’t bother me. There are too many grey, white, and black vehicles out there. Give us more loud color options!

I do have to agree about the Soul’s ugliness though. That boxy shape, while very practical and roomy inside, constantly reminds me of the Scion xb. Also not a fan of hamsters. Kia should have tried harder to imitate the Land Rover Evoque.

How does it manage that with such a boxy shape?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

No guts?

robot hamsters in the wheels.

Most efficient shape for interior packaging.

People have no clue when you tell them that Kona is smaller in the back than Soul. Very practical car, I must say.

I like things a bit bigger in the back.

The 2010 ICE Soul 2U I have, has a Taller Back, but a rented Jetta has more length for Suitcases! I believe the Model 3 is at least as long in the Trunk, as the Jetta.

I think the Soul cuts off the Trunk Space a bit Short, for any Real Practical Big Box Store Hauling Home Functions, and gets narrow, for wide items! Even buying a 55″ TV, that is too big to fit in the length, with seats folded, until front seats are leaving no room to sit! (Had to go get my then owned 2004 Prius, to get that home!)

TMI.

But not the most efficient shape for aerodynamics… Or so I thought.

The rating system overweights city and suburban driving. It will be harder to achieve this kind of range on the highway.

Unfortunately, the highway is the only one that matters. Around town you’re home often enough to charge.

Still seems to match Niro on highway efficiency…

(Of course both are much worse compared to a sedan.)

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Matches Niro on EPA highway efficiency. Not the same thing.

Look at the relative mpge numbers. I figure it will get around 215 of freeway driving.

Indeed surprising.
Meanwhile, considering the 64 kWh battery, it yields about the same range as a Bolt EV.
Thus, it’s even less efficient than GM’s 3 year-old model offering.

Well, it’s quite a bit roomier I think?…

The soul ev n niro ev have more standard equipment including more important standard safety equipment than the bolt. Bolt was designed from the start as a bev while those two Kia bevs were not. I suspect that fact n a higher drag for the kia bevs than bolt account for being slightly less efficient.
More to the point is that I and I suspect 99% or more of the potential bev driving public don’t give a flying hoot for a few more miles of range or efficiency between these Kia bevs n the bolt.

Those efficiency numbers are the average of highway and city. A more useful number in highway divided by city. the only reason “city” rating was ever created was because it was so much worse than highway in a gas car. The city rating in EV’s means nothing because no one cares about range when it’s better and you’re driving less far.

They’ll sell as many as they can make. Kia Soul and Niro and Hyundai Kona are the EV’s for the working folks.

Correction: they will sell as many as they *want* to make.

And they’ll make as many as they can sell….LOTS.

I hope you are right. They will certainly be battery constrained for the next year or two, but I see lots of investments in battery factories. Hopefully that constraint eases early next decade.

it is a compliance car

I own 2018 30kWh version and must say with zero doubt, it’s my favorite car by far, for anything in city or around it. Just would not want to drive anything else, also considering what I paid for it.

But I must say, I am surprised that the efficiency is higher than for Niro, which sports exactly the same powertrain? Yes, it’s a bit bigger and heavier car, but I would guess, it’s easily gains that back and more due to a little bit more aerodynamic shape? I guess not.

The soul model is redesigned for 2020 so it seems Kia knocked off some kilos with this new gen to make all kias more efficient.

…make all “soul models” more efficient

OK. but it’s econobox and more expensive than $35,000 Model 3.

“Pricing will be announced at a later date.”

Why do people post blatant lies? It’s annoying.

The name says it all – Tesla Investor.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

The current base 30kWh Soul is $33,950.
You’re saying the 64kWh Soul will be $35k or less?

Not where I live. It’s not even close, because there simply is no low cost Tesla available. You are talking easily 10K difference and Tesla does not offer a lease or good finance rate either …. I am sure that Tesla is a better car over all when price is not considered, but it’s a moot point for me and many others.

Can’t be more expensive than a fictional car.

Sure it can. How much have you paid for your cheapest real car? How much have you paid for a fictional car?
I paid a lot more for my old air-cooled VW beetle than I paid for a Rolls that I never purchased.

Troll alert!

as was said above, the base 30 kwh soul is 34k. There is no way the 64 kwh soul is going to only cost 1k more.

I was at the Auto Show in Toronto last week. Took a drive in a Model 3 and an i3. Didn’t get to drive the new Soul but it was there and I got to sit in it. I would buy that 2020 Soul before I would ever buy a Model 3. The Soul was just a nicer vehicle to me. Lots of practical room, comes very well equipped(air conditioned seats) and the interior was far more practical than the Model 3 with the positioning of that stupid looking tv in the middle of the dash. But that is personal preference.

dream car… said no one

Oh, heck yes… 10 years ago I would have paid $60k no problem to purchase this Soul and it would have been like a dream. Competition makes it less of a dream car now. As a EV advocate I have been dreaming about 40k dollar EV’s that would go 200-240 miles per charge. Now I dream about a PU truck that will go 200 miles and have robust charge network to get around the USA

We were set to get a new Soul a few years ago, right price and good specs, fit in our tiny city parking spaces… The test drive was a huge disappointment. Just unrefined, excessively cheap, noisy, and disappointing. It felt like buying all your clothes at walmart cheap. We ended up getting a Prius C instead for only a couple $k more. Price point on this acceptable range version should be no more than $30k before rebates unless they want to end up having to pile cash on the hood in Q4 (like BMW does with the i3). Most shoppers look at what the next best thing is and how much to upgrade. Get even ballpark close to TM3 and it’s game over.

NICE RANGE! It is cool to see more long-range EVs hitting the market. Especially more affordable ones.

What is the max CCS battery DC fast-charge rate though? I hope it is over 100KW. If it is, this is a big winner.

I suspect this new soul bev will have lower quick charge rate than the niro bev to further distinguish them from one another n allow Kia to charge more for the niro bev. With that said, I’d be fine with an actual 100kw quick charge rate for this new soul bev. Perhaps the niro bev would have a 150kw quick charge rate. Of course I hope they both have at least a 150kw quick charge rate.

Charging info can be found on the Kia’s 2020 Soul EV media site. It’s showing exactly the same as the Niro EV

DC fast charge with Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) to 80% charge:
75 Min (50 kW) | 1 Hour (100 kW)

Also, the Soul EV is listed as quicker from 0-62 mph than the Niro EV.

Link Soul EV -> https://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/models/soul-ev/2020/specifications#soul-ev
Link Niro EV -. https://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/models/niro-ev/2019/specifications#niro-ev

I’m pretty sure it will max out around 77 kW, just like the Kona and the Niro.

As a former KIA Soul EV owner, this news is pretty amazing to me. Well-done, KIA!

my current soul ev has an average range of 80-85 miles which equals 70 mile range. I dont even get the 111 estimated range posted. That’s a 30 percent loss on my 2016. With about a 30% loss thats about 170 mile range

The 111 mile rating is for the 2018-9. I have the 2017, which i love except for the range, and the EPA is only 93 miles or so for that one, I think. In the coldest parts of NJ winter (<10F) the range gets down to only 67 miles or so. It's also pretty loud on the highway where the range goes down quick.
Debating turning in my lease early to get this new soul or the niro. Soul is fun to drive, decent storage, easy to park, no blindspots, great little car, and the new one has 2.5x the range. What's not to love??

Lies u say! 2016 soul bev has a range of 93 miles and I’ve attained well over 110 many times. Drive legally, under the posted speed limit to come closer or above the epa range.

Exactly, I can make a 25 mpg vehicle get 12 mpg if I drive it inefficiently.

Even if it got a 1000 kms of range why would any person make the conscious decision to drive, much less buy, … that? The AMC Pacer or Yugo stand a better chance of being attractive IF ya sneak up on ’em

Function first not form fool

The answer to your question is so simple. Save money… Because of the high efficiency and low maintenance of the EV drivetrain. If you don’t want to save money by all means support the oil economy, pay more and tax your environment.

This is good news. On a related note, I don’t understand the appeal of these CUVs, like the Niro and the Audi e-tron… they are just lifted wagons! There is no substantial increase in interior height to fit large objects… they are within a couple cubic feet of wagons, just with more ground clearance. In other words, I guess they are all Subaru wannabes. 😀

“..they are just lifted wagons!”

And that is their appeal. Super functional for carting stuff and people around. The ground clearance of 6″ on the Kona and Niro is great also as with the FWD and snows they are going to be great snowmobiles.

> it would be fitted with the 64-kWh battery pack found in both the Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric.

Same marketed capacity, but NOT the same battery pack. Kona uses cells from LG Chem, Niro uses cells from CATL.

Will be a good car that they don’t make nearly enough of, I’m afraid. Audi and Mercedes also go that route, and BMW probably will when iX3 arrives.

That’s a strategy that allows them to sell lots of polluting and profitable SUVs, but also one that leaves them vulnerable to any competitor willing and able to deliver as many EVs as the market wants. Even if nobody meets demand, if bigger markets go anything like Norway has, much better secondhand value can soon be added to the list of reasons to get an electric car rather than a fossil.

“Will be a good car that they don’t make nearly enough of, I’m afraid”

They’ll make millions of them and make million$. These are EV’s we’ve been looking for Obi Wan.

LOL ok dude. This is the functionality we’ve all been waiting for, but does Kia really want to sell them? Do they have the battery supply to make millions? Are they profitable without incentives? Are Kia dealerships willing to forgo ICE maintenance income? My guess is they’ll make and sell on the order of about 20k/year or less in the US, which is probably right around their CARB requirement.

Eagles eyes are blind to the truth…all significant bev builders only offer bevs in compliance numbers….except Tesla of course. Even Nissan only sells the leaf in enough numbers in the states to comply with zev n cafe standards. Think about it! The leaf is the ONLY plug in vehicle for Nissan this entire decade in the USA….and there’s no other bev in sight for years coming to the USA from Nissan.
Just an example that it doesn’t matter which traditional ice maker u choose, their bev offerings will be in pitiful quantities compared to Tesla for many years to come.

So this car will put when this year ?

Just saw it today at the Toronto Canadian International Auto Shiw. Had a chance to sit inside and poke around. Nice car I love the design refresh and with this kinda range is a real sleeper in the EV industry!

It only has more range due to City efficiency. The EPA chart shows WORSE efficiency at hwy speed which means that its range will be less than Niro at hwy.

It is an ugly brick moving thru air.

101 MPGe highway for the Soul EV, and 102 MPGe highway for the Niro EV wouldn’t seem to produce a glaring range difference at highway speeds.

I for one think the new 2020 Soul EV does pretty well, efficiency wise, given its form. Surprisingly when compared to the Leaf, which outwardly appears to be less boxy, the Soul EV beats it in both EPA City & Highway efficiency.

202 miles for highway travel is not bad

So, will they also include the regen paddle and multiple-regen capabilities like the Kona EV. Not being able to single-pedal bring the car to a complete stop (like the BoltEV) is a deal-breaker for me. How about improved features such as the in-car ability to adjust the charging current and a wide range of max charge levels? How smart is the Range Remaining algorithm (i.e., how many variables does it include) and is it tied in to the Nav system like Tesla’s? As EV’s mature, Range is not the only variable one looks for…

I don’t understand why one pedal driving is a deal breaker for people. I can understand one prefers it over weaker max regen not being able to completely so a car …. But a deal breaker? Not even close by my book.

Have you lived with an EV that has true one pedal driving? I can honestly say that it is very high on my list of desired features. Not a deal-breaker, mind you, but a heavily favored feature.

We want more car manufacturers to offer more EV models with more than 200 miles of range. And we want the car manufacturers to achieve higher production numbers (for each of their EV model).

More competition will lead to lower prices.

Exactly right. We want more choice and from a diverse group of car makers. It will only hurt the rEVolution if mainstream consumers see EVs as being a Tesla-only thing and an “alternative to real/normal cars”. (I’ve been driving an EV for very nearly 6 years, and I still get questions from friends and relatives that demonstrate they have no clue what EVs are or how they work. I’m NOT talking about the usual “how far does it go” and “what does it cost to charge it” questions, but things like “does it go in snow”, “can you drive it on a highway”, “is it big enough for 4 people”, and my all-time favorite: How much energy does it lose when idling. Think about that last one a bit…)

The best thing that can happen in the short run is for consumers to better understand EVs and see them not as some weird, tree hugger/hippy dippy, techno-parlor trick, but a serious and much better option for their next vehicle lease/purchase.

For Hyundai, I guess fourth time is the charm – the Ioniq (#1) didn’t have enough range and wasn’t really available, the Kona (#2), at least its ICE version, is too small on inside, and the Niro (#3) is blatantly bland. Hope the new Soul EV is rolled out before long.

Wow! With so much focus on the Niro, this sort of slipped in as a sleeper. Nice!

From 111 mile range to 243 is an impressive jump. Probably they improved the motor as well.
Will they sell in all states.

How much range is left when you turn on the heater?