Kia Soul EV Video Review


Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

Here’s a rather lengthy, mostly positive review of the Kia Soul EV:

“Kia’s iconic “hampster” mobile shows us an even more eco-conscious side with the limited market Eco-Electric version. Does the second general of the best-selling box on wheels have a place in the growing EV market?”

We’ve yet to come across a negative Soul EV review.

However, we do wish that Kia would make this electric car available nationwide (and up production from the ~500 or so they can build per month worldwide) so that a wider audience of potential buyers can experience this highly rated electric car.

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What is a ‘hampster’?

/pet peeve

The Energy density of this car’s battery pack is 98.4 Wh/kg

Now take a look at this

It says 375Wh/kg so the range can be 3 times more. Let us say 300 miles. Not only that but since these are capacitors they cab be charged much faster. And no need for cooling or heating the pack.

Gentlemen we are entering a new era, don’t you think so?

New battery crap is always popping up left, right and centre. 99% of it is just hocus pocus.

With that said, 98.4 Wh/kg is crap. A LEAF is 155 and a Model S is 233.

No, we’ve already covered Sunvolt Energy in another article.
Basically, see this:

High energy capacitors, better than batteries? Every time that has been touted before it has been a delusion.

If both batteris have the same Wh/l numbers you don’t save any space. Therefore resulting only in reduced weight, which means nothing for Highway range.

And i recall that the soul EV has good Wh/l numbers.

Test it by yourself. Drive a distance without your family and angain with your family in board. I would say the difference is less than 3miles (or 3%).

“Class-leading battery cell energy density of 200 Wh/kg”

good report,

We have A 2015 KIA SOUL EV and have gone 100 miles and still has 20-30 miles left over. Even with Air Cond on and highway 50-60 mph. So far it’s great.
We are watching to be sure the battery cooling keeps the range up for 1,2 and 3 years.
The only problem we have had so far is the bluetooth to our SamSung phone goes into 1 way talking. I went to the dealer 3 times and only rebooting the radio, bluettooth fixes it and we have to do that every 1 or 2 weeks.

Received ours 8 months after order
Love it. It was worth the wait

I leased a 2016 Kia Soul EV+ for my wife a month ago and it has been a great experience. She loves it as do I. I am currently on my last year of my lease with a 2013 Fiat 500e and the differences have been significant. First, let me say that I like how both are not significantly different from their ICE counterpart. I hate how the manufacturers jumping on the EV band wagon seem to think that the design has to be “different”. I can see different as long as it’s well executed. Tesla (of course), i8 (beauty), but i3 (beast), & Leaf (boring). After 25,000 miles I must say that the 500e was reliable and got around 80 + miles regularly. The FIAT is significantly smaller in interior volume (my carpool rider hated being in the back seat but he loves the Soul.) The range difference is significant, best of all the Kia appears more accurate regarding miles left to go. The Kia UVO infotainment nav system is so much better executed on the Kia while the Fiat has an add-on feel to it. Ventilated seats on the Kia are great for SoCal. Trunk space is obviously… Read more »

Reality check: A study by two doctoral students at the school of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University has increased that figure, estimating that electric cars could meet as much as 95 percent of all daily driving needs of U.S. citizens.

Using data obtained from the Department of Transport’s 2009 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS), Garrett Fitzgerald and Rob van Haaren analyzed the travel data of survey participants, concluding that 95 percent of the 748,918 recorded single-trip journeys by car were under 30 miles.

More astonishingly, around 98 percent of all single-trip journeys were under 50 miles in length, with trips over 70 miles in length accounting for just one percent of all single-trip journeys.