Tesla Aside, The Kia Soul EV Is US Electric Car Range King
The Excel spreadsheet posted above shows handy city, highway and combined range for all 2015 Model Year battery-electric vehicles available in the U.S.
Ignoring Tesla, the clear range champion, we noticed that the Kia Soul EV is the only BEV sold in the U.S. with a combined range rating in the 90s. The electric Soul beats the range rating of every other BEV sold in the U.S. without a Tesla badge.
Editor’s Note: The Tesla Model S 60 kW car has now been replaced with a 240 mile, 70 kW – AWD version (full details here)
The Soul EV would not place where it does if the Toyota RAV4 EV were still available, but as it stands right now, there’s no non-Tesla electric car out there with more EPA-rated range than the Soul EV.
Here are some additional details on the Soul EV:
- Range of 93 miles
- 620-pound battery pack
- Total weight of ~ 3,400 pounds
- A 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger
- CHAdeMO DC fast-charge port
- Synchronous AC motor with 109 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque
- 0 to 60 MPH in 10.7 seconds
- Base price of $33,700
- EV Plus version is $36,500
Of note: With the arrival of the updated 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive (with the “range package” now a standard/selectable feature) the Mercedes adds approximately 17 miles more of range and takes over the technical lead (though not officially according to the EPA since it’s not tested in range mode) with an approximate combined rating of about 104 miles.