New Kia Soul EV Is Full Of Electric Soul: Photos & Videos

MAR 16 2019 BY MARK KANE 37

It’s simply the best Kia Soul ever

The all-new Kia Soul EV (called the Kia e-Soul in Europe) was one of several plug-in Kias at the Geneva Motor Show, as the South Korean manufacturer is bullish about electrification.

The second-generation of the electric Soul shares its electric powertrain/battery options with the Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric, which should streamline the production process and lower costs.

The sign of times is that in Europe, the Soul will be sold solely in the all-electric version. Let’s take a look at this slick blue Soul EV in our photo gallery and videos, which includes a detailed walkthrough.

Kia e-Soul specs:

Long-range battery pack

  • 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (180 Ah of capacity and 356 V of nominal voltage, 170 kW power output)
  • Range WLTP: 452 km (280 miles). U.S. version was rated by EPA at 243 miles (391 km)
  • Energy consumption WLTP: 157 Wh/km
  • Energy density (cell) 250 Wh/kg
  • 150 kW (@ 3,800 – 8000 rpm) and 395 Nm (@ 0 – 3,600 rpm) permanent magnet AC synchronous motor
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds
  • Top speed: 167 km/h (104 miles)
  • on-board charger 7.2 kW
  • CCS DC fast-charging capability as standard – from 20% up to 80% capacity in just 42 minutes from a 100 kW DC fast-charger
  • Weight: 1,682 kg (Curb weight) and 2,180 kg (Gross weight)
  • Luggage capacity (litres, VDA):
    • Behind second row 315
    • Behind first row 1,339

Standard battery pack

  • 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (120 Ah of capacity and 327 V of nominal voltage, 104 kW power output)
  • Range WLTP: 277 km (172 miles)
  • Energy consumption WLTP: 145 Wh/km
  • Energy density (cell) 250 Wh/kg
  • 100 kW (@ 2,600 – 8000 rpm) and 395 Nm (@ 0 – 2,400 rpm) permanent magnet AC synchronous motor
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.6 seconds
  • Top speed: 156 km/h (97 miles)
  • on-board charger 7.2 kW
  • CCS DC fast-charging capability as standard – from 20% up to 80% capacity in just 42 minutes from a 100 kW DC fast-charger
  • Weight: 1,593 kg (Curb weight) and 2,025 kg (Gross weight)
  • Luggage capacity (litres, VDA):
    • Behind second row 315
    • Behind first row 1,339
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37 Comments on "New Kia Soul EV Is Full Of Electric Soul: Photos & Videos"

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About this, interesting to now compare it’s specs, Long Range variant vs the Base Model Y.

i would pay $5000 extra for the sexier of the two.

Thank you so much for writing about the Kia Soul and not Tesla!

Last time I checked there were 2 new for sale in the entire L.A. basin! Yes, let’s write about something no one in US can get. I could not care less about it.

Yes the whole world is the USA. The internet is all about the USA. This was a report from the Geneva Auto Show. Last time I looked that show is in Europe not Nebraska.

This is an American website, right?

No, it isn’t. ~50% of the site’s visitors are outside the US, and the US is 3d place in importance as an EV market. It also has less models than the two larger ones, and a smaller EV marketshare.

This is not a uniquely American problem, EVs from Kia and Hyundai are also in very short supply in the UK too. Which is linked to how many they are making, which is not many. I actually like their cars, but the numbers they are making at the moment are only offering competition on paper.

CAUTION- The SOUL EV has no liquid cooling. The battery on over all 10 I located in the Phoenix area had batteries that died. Ours also had the controller over heat and shut down in rush hour traffic. I would never buy, lease and even take a free SOUL in the HOT Southern USA. Or any other HOT place.

Plus, the Soul, of which I have the 2010 Soul 2U, ICE Version, is a very “Draggy” design, with short Luggage Space behind the Second Row Seats! It will use more energy than a Leaf, to travel a Mile, too! (Let Alone other, more Efficient EV’s!)

That’s obviously wrong. Just read the article and compare the numbers.

The 2020 (64 kWh) Soul EV is more efficient than the 2019 (62 kWh) Leaf at both city and highway travel. The Leaf is woefully inefficient.

EPA Side-by-Side Comparison -> https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=41235&id=41276

The 2020 Soul EV HAS a liquid cooled battery, is clearly noted on the specs. It uses the same battery as the Kona and Niro,both of them HAVE liquid thermal management.

You’re talking about past Soul EVs. This 2020 model is liquid-cooled.

Jim stop talking crap

The car is fine in normal climate. It doesn’t suffer nowhere near the same 1gen Lwaf does, even though it does not have active cooling.

I have a question. Is the Soul (ICE or EV) a CUV? And if so why hasn’t there been neverending criticism that because it only has 6″ of ground clearance it is really just a lifted car?

I haven’t heard that argument about the Soul or similar CUVs but that’s all I’m hearing about the Model Y

Kenneth Bokor (EV Revolution Show - YouTube)

At best it’s more like a CUV, however to me it’s still a Compact Car Hatchback.

Correct…. Small city hatchback. And very good at that. Great value.

The Soul defies categorization. In my day, it would be called a compact station wagon, closer to a boxy Ford Escort wagon, than any crossover or SUV.

It’s smaller than the Escort wagon/estate ever was, in the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s.
For a small station wagon, see the SEAT Ibiza Flow / Skoda Fabia Estate, or Hyundai i30CW, or Opel Corsa Estate.

It’s just a hatchback, not lifted at all.

I didn’t get a drive in it, but sat in this car at the Canadian Auto Show and it is a very nice, well appointed EV. If it could just tow a 1000 kilos or so I would buy this EV. But KIA will void the warranty if it gets a hitch. I don’t understand why or how it would effect the drivetrain unless you towed like it was an F150. These EVs have the power to tow a small trailer.

Putting a hitch receiver on a car doesn’t actually void the warranty. Hitch receivers can be used for many things besides trailers, like holding a wheelchair or bicycle rack. Neither of these items can in any way void a warranty. In fact, I dare an automaker to void a warranty on a grandma who carries her wheelchair because of her disability. What a nice ADA lawsuit.

True enough! How would they know I was towing and not using a bike rack. Thanks. I may get one of these now.

In my country, if a cop happened to stop you for any reason and there was an actual trailer attached when only a bicycle rack was authorized in the vehicle registration, you’d be in deep trouble, since insurance would be voided.

It would void the warranty in many countries outside the USA, no question. In my jurisdiction, the importer has to explicitly authorize in writing, in advance, any modification whatsoever of a vehicle. Installing any towbar requires a government-certified installer, who has importer-certified hitches. The hitch then appears explicitly in the vehicle registration.
Specifically, as an example, the Ioniq Electric can only be fitted with one specific towbar kit, which is only legal to use for a bicycle carrier, and only in the Netherlands & Germany.

Kenneth Bokor (EV Revolution Show - YouTube)

No videos of any drives yet for the new Kia Soul? Great specs and nice redesign, it should do very very well.

Unfortunately, Kia only plans to sell 8 of these vehicles worldwide. One will be used for test drives, but it has to visit each Kia dealership on a weekly rotating basis. But seriously, I certainly hope that Kia plans on building more than 1134 they built in 2018 for the U.S. market. Otherwise, this is an exercise in compliance and not a competitor to anything.

Even if it should be 8 this year, it is infinitivly times more than number of Model Y sold this year (0)…..

Thankfully, someone gave the photographer a bubble level half way through the photo assignment.

Pricing?

Actually I dont know anymore if this site is all about Tesla, posting at least 5 new articles every day. It’s boring as hell.
I really would like to find an other blog that is more interested in EV news around the globe and not so much US centric as this one is.

I’d say the coverage is more or less proportional to the number of EVs made (outside China). Tesla makes more, hence more coverage.

In the UK Hyundai has stopped taking orders for the Kona EV as the delivery backlog went into next year because only small numbers are being allocated.

It’s only fair and logical that a company making a lot of EVs gets more coverage than one making a few.

Tesla at the moment is on the lead and I would be wrong to say that they don’t deserve most posts.
But proportionally something is wrong on this website, the same applies to the US coverage versus other parts of the world.
Maybe they need to change name to InsideEVs USA and then I need to find something different, that would be totally fine with me.

I agree, sometimes it feels like the name here should be: Inside Teslas. However I do appreciate when they write about cars in Europe and China.

Other sites that might interest you are: Electrive (dot) com, Pushevs and Automobile-Propre.