Kia Soul EV Emits 39.7% Fewer Greenhouse Gases Over Lifecycle Than Diesel Soul


Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

It’s often wondered what’s the real-life environmental impact of a pure electric vehicle?

Well, Kia stops short of providing a complete answer, but the automaker does tell us this:

“Comparing the Soul EV to its diesel counterpart currently on sale in Europe, the zero-emissions electric vehicle scored particularly strongly for ‘Global Warming Potential’, emitting 39.7% fewer greenhouse gases over the whole life of the vehicle, such as carbon dioxide and methane. The Soul EV also scored an improvement in ‘Photochemical Oxidant Creation Potential’, limiting the amount of smog created by the vehicle’s manufacturing process and by the vehicle itself throughout its life.”

Apparently, Kia sent its Soul EV to TÜV Nord, an independent technical inspection organization.  TÜV Nord evaluated the Soul EV and then “certified the new Kia Soul EV according to the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) standard.”

Kia adds:

“LCA examines the environmental impact of both the car and the overall manufacturing process throughout its whole life, taking into account factors such as choice of materials, tailpipe emissions and recycling.”

The automaker concludes with the following:

“The Kia Soul EV has become the latest model from the Korean brand to earn important certification for its outstanding whole-life environmental credentials.”

“Kia’s first TÜV Nord certification was earned in 2008 with the first-generation cee’d, and this year’s certifications bring the total number of Kia models with ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) certification to 11.”

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9 responses to "Kia Soul EV Emits 39.7% Fewer Greenhouse Gases Over Lifecycle Than Diesel Soul"
  1. Spec9 says:

    Well . . . it really depends on your specific electricity source. But that will probably only affect whether it is an improvement or a huge improvement over diesel.

    1. Lou Grinzo says:

      Exactly. I charge my Leaf with 100% green electricity (an optional signup where I live), so my per-mile GHG footprint — beyond the amortized emissions from manufacturing the car, obviously — is effectively zero.

      And as our electricity grid gets cleaner, so do all those wonderful cars with plugs.

      1. Joshua Burstyn says:

        Right on all accounts. Additionally let’s not overlook the fact that Kia only states their case versus the already relatively efficient diesel edition of the same model. Drivers of the gasoline Soul or other vehicles are seemingly even further behind in terms of emissions.

    2. jstack6 says:

      When you charge Off Peak you actually help the power company and are 100% Clean even in a COAL state. They can’t ramp down their COAL power plants so they dump power at night since the usage is 60-80% less and they can’t ramp up for the next day to meet the demands.
      Check with any power company and you will see why they off lower rates at night Off Peak.

  2. Anderlan says:

    I’m curious what the thing behind the backseat is.

  3. Khai L. says:

    Since there’s no source reference, does the author know what percentage of the electricity was from fossil fuels when determining this 39.7% less greenhouse gases number?

    1. Mikael says:

      In the EU 50% of the electricity is produced by fossil fuels.
      I would assume they had used somewhere around that number.

      So it would be that number or worse in big fossil fuel countries like Denmark, Germany, UK and the Netherlands… Or that number or better in lesser polluting places like Norway, Sweden, France and Austria.

  4. sven says:

    “. . .wondered what’s the while-life. . .”

    Whatta you twying to say? 😉

  5. ray delcolle says:

    “Ask the majority of climate scientists: Carbon pollution from dirty energy is the main cause of global warming.”