The Fast Lane Car Reviews 2015 Kia Soul EV – Video

NOV 23 2014 BY JAY COLE 20

2015 Kia Souls Roll Off The Line In South Korea

2015 Kia Souls Roll Off The Line In South Korea

Last month, Kia rolled out the Soul EV in several countries worldwide.  And as such, reviews are starting to come in about the 93 mile car from Korea.

Of note: Our own digging around EPA testing documents showed that the Kia gets an astounding 103.4 miles worth of all electric range in the city (full article on what Soul EV can do, can be found here).

This review comes from TFL (The Fast Lane Car), as they got “flew down” to California by Kia to check it out.

The outfit finds the acceleration not quite up to the standard of other entry level EVs, but that the higher range trumps its competitors.  Overall, TFL laments the Soul EVs limited roll-out in the United States and worldwide.

The Kia Soul EV starts at $33,700 for the base model, while the premium edition will set you back $35,700.

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Hmmm.I used to be excited about this car until it was confirmed as a compliance car. Also, I have been concerned about the 0-60 performance and it looks like he was pretty underwhelmed by it as well while doing this review.

Agreed. Compliance car. Yawn. Nothing to see here.

no thanks

I feel that Kia wimmped out on not selling in the other states. I was planning on getting one but live in the mid-south, but not now. I will pass up any article(s) on the Kia EV since it is only applicable to a few select states.

Yes, the reviewers statement that Kia doesn’t sell it outside California because it is cold doesn’t hold water since there are plenty of warm weather states other than California. (To be fair, he was more concerned about his home state of Colorado)

There are many people, myself included, that have said this is a compliance car. On reflection, I think it is more of a Kia field test than a compliance car effort.

The plan to build only 5000 and scatter them around the world is clearly ment to gain some real world experience. The fact the few America bound ones ended up in California makes some sense because they also pick up a few credits for the asking.

So I’m going to give them more benefit of the doubt than compared to, say, Chrysler where the 500e is simply a cynical ploy for credits.

I can also buy one here in Ontario… slightly colder than California last I checked. 🙂

True, but only at select Kia dealerships.

Yeah, pretty much like the reviewer says, despite reasons to the contrary, with these compliance cars, the manufacturers souls (sorry) just aren’t in them.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater


[citation needed]

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

“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.”

CARB states = compliance.

Just selling in California would be enough for compliance, as Toyota did with its Rav4 EV. GM and Fiat don’t bother selling their Spark and 500e outside CA and OR either.

Please explain why Kia would go through the trouble of offering the Soul EV in many other states, including “other markets in the near future” then.
(FWIW, it also took a while for the Leaf to become available nation-wide.)

Furthermore, Kia’s announced target of 5k Soul EVs for the first year is also significantly above compliance levels; please explain that as well. Thanks.

They are not going to come out and say hey the soul ev is a compliance vehicle even if it is since compliance vehicles are getting a bad rap.

Because the other states that they plan to (eventually)introduce this car into are also compliance states. I believe that there are 8 besides California.

Not that I am in a position to buy a new EV, but I have to strike the KIA Soul EV from my future list. Too bad, it looks great. Makes me very disappointed that here comes another good little BEV, but will not be available to most potential buyers. I guess Nissan has no reason to fear the Soul EV, they probably knew all along that this was only a compliance car.

Again, just selling in California is enough for compliance, so why would Kia bother selling in many more states then — including outside the US, I might add?

No EV has instantly been made available nation-wide, the Soul’s progressive roll-out merely follows the footsteps of the Leaf, Model S or i3.

Also, why does Kia anticipate to produce many times more vehicles than it needs for compliance?
Why has it developed and implemented EV-specific features like quick-charging, driver-only climate control, heat pump etc?

Unless the Soul’s availability ends up purposely curtailed, sorry, no, I see no sign pointing to it being a compliance car.

I hope that you are right, as many others here do.


Kind of annoying that he repeated the 24h recharge time for L1 trickle charging multiple times. Anyone who buys an EV and drives any significant number of miles is also going to buy a L2 30A 240V EVSE that will let them recharge from empty to full in 4 hours.

The vast majority of the time you pull into the garage no where close to empty so you rarely charge for all that long, anyway.

With the average commute around 20-30 miles, an EV with 30A L2 charging with the Soul EV will spend an hour or less each day charging.

Agreed. He totally ignores level 2 charging at home. I live in Missouri, drive a C-Max Energi, and have a level 2 connection. I also hope to see a good 150 mile range EV at a reasonable price.

Compliance car. Next!

(I would get one if they made it available in Michigan.)

still not impressed with TFL reviews..
so much so, that I cannot understand Kia’s desire to -fly him out there- to review.