Half Of All Kia Souls Registered Last Month In Norway Were EVs

3 years ago by Mark Kane 21

Just Missing The List At #11, The Kia Soul EV

The Kia Soul EV

Number of registrations of new all-electric passenger cars in Norway – September 2014

Number of registrations of new all-electric passenger cars in Norway – September 2014

Kia Soul EV scored a good result in Norway last month as 105 units were registered.

Comparing this to the 216 overall Soul registrations in Norway, we see the EV version had nearly 49% share.

The Soul EV was also one of the best selling automobiles in Norway among EVs, which is not strange as its base price is more than 11% lower than the Nissan LEAF and more than 20% less than the Volkswagen e-Golf.

Here is the list of the best selling electric cars in Norway in September, in addition to our previous report.

Number of registrations of new all-electric passenger cars in Norway – September 2014

Number of registrations of new all-electric passenger cars in Norway – September 2014











Source: Best Selling Cars – Matt’s blog

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21 responses to "Half Of All Kia Souls Registered Last Month In Norway Were EVs"

  1. David Murray says:

    1 i-Miev sold? I guess they are losing steam even in the most EV friendly country.

    1. Spec9 says:

      That range is wholly unsatisfactory. They could probably boost sales if they at least upped the battery to 20KWH instead of the tiny 16KWH (which is the same as the Volt!).

      1. Spec9 says:

        Actually, they sold 48 of them! The Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iON are the same car as the i-MiEV. Just different badging (and some very minor differences).

      2. Ocean Railroader says:

        What’s interesting is the Kia Soul EV has double the battery energy density of the i-miev so you could in theory add a Kia Soul battery pack into the i-miev to get a 100 range car.

        1. DaveMart says:

          From memory I believe the iMiEV has about the same energy density as the Leaf, ie around 140Wh/kg, whilst the Kia certainly has around 200Wh/kg at the cell level.

          Some of the figure that you see around are for energy density at the pack level, which is a different (lower) matter and can confuse things.

    2. It sold 48 and is massive supply constraint.

      1. Spec9 says:

        Supply of enough KWH in the battery constraint.

        1. Phr3d says:

          and avoid paying the copyright fees to CBS for their nanu-nanu-Mork-spacecraft form-factor.

  2. I think as folks in Norway find out what a great car the Kia Soul EV really is, both VW and Nissan are going to have some real competition.

    1. Gary says:

      Good. Competition is good for innovation and the consumer. Let the EV games begin.

    2. Spec9 says:

      Is KIA going to build very many of them though? Or are they just a limited production compliance car?

      1. DaveMart says:

        They were targeting 5,000 a year initially:

        Whether they are open to increasing that if the demand is there we don’t know.

        1. Spec9 says:

          Sounds good. If they are selling that many, I’m guessing they must not be losing much if any money on them. That is very encouraging.

  3. mr. m says:

    This is just the beginning 😉

  4. EV Vinod says:

    After driving my Kia Soul EV for two weeks, after three years in a Leaf, I can say if they ever ramp up production, watch out! A much better car to me overall, and I’m getting over 100 miles range with highway driving.

    1. Alan says:

      What kind of speeds were you travelling on the highway if you don’t mind me asking. I tend to drive at 50mph most places.

      Just came back from a Kia showroom to get a feel for the build quality and practicality of the vehicle (ICE version) and although not top quality, certainly decent enough and with a higher seat position which was nice.

      Have to order at the end of Jan 15 and was looking at both the Leaf & the Soul.

    2. pk says:

      Same question as Alan. I drive my 2015 leaf on a 95 km round trip commute that’s mostly highway/freeway. I’d be interested to see what speeds you’re driving at. I cruise at around 110-115 km/hr. The Leaf seems more aerodynamic then the Soul.

      1. Mark says:

        Soul has a bit bigger battery.

    3. william edwards says:

      Has the build quality improved in Kia’s yet? They seem to be okay when new but after 10k miles or so they feel like a 10 year old car.

  5. Ocean Railroader says:

    I think what’s going to make the Kia Soul EV sell fairly well is it’s getting 90 to 100 miles on a charger compared to the leafs 75 to 80 miles on a charge. In the scheme of things this can make a big difference for a lot of people who have to commute 70 to 80 miles a day and don’t have a work place charger. Also if you have 90 miles of range you could in theory skip one more needed charging secession if you are having to drive it between cities compared to the i-miev or leaf. Being able to skip a charging secession while on the road could add up to a 30 minute savings on a 120 mile trip. While it would most likely save two hours on a 300 mile range trip.