2015 Drivers’ Choice Awards
The Kia Soul EV won 2015 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award in Best Eco-Friendly category.
This is very first time an EV won the ECO category.
Here is official description:
"For our Best Eco Friendly choice, we’re delighted to award it to an all-electric vehicle for the first time, the Kia Soul EV. It’s the first mainstream EV that we want to live with, day in and day out, as a family vehicle. The Soul’s small-crossover size, with plenty of space for both passengers and cargo, and its unique features, all come wrapped in the coolest exterior of any EV on the road. The latest Soul’s mature makeover makes for a much more pleasant interior experience too, without losing any of the youthful flare of the original."
"Kia's hip urban crossover and first all-electric zero emissions vehicle, the Soul EV, has been named the Best Eco-Friendly Vehicle in MotorWeek's 34th annual Drivers' Choice Awards. MotorWeek, which airs on 92 percent of PBS stations nationwide, analyzes trends, new products and new technology to produce a list of winners that can be used as a car-buying guide by the show's viewers. Admired for its practicality and fun design, editors at MotorWeek appreciated the roomy interior and cargo space of the Soul EV, which offers more rear seat leg room than other key EV competitors."
Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America (KMA) stated:
"As the centerpiece of Kia's Clean Mobility program, the Soul EV has the best range in its segment, EPA estimated at 93 miles1, and it's been recognized by Underwriters Laboratories for its use of bio-based materials. MotorWeek's Best Eco-Friendly Vehicle award is a great honor from a respected source and a powerful endorsement of the Soul EV's unique blend of range, utility, style and value."
John Davis, host and executive producer, MotorWeek sremarked:
"The Kia Soul EV is the perfect EV. It is totally practical with plenty of room for adults and everyday cargo. It has more power and range compared to other affordable all-electric vehicles. Plus, its funky style makes driving the Kia Soul EV really cool."
Additionally, the BMW i8 got one of three Best Dream Machine awards from MotorWeek. Additional winners include the Audi RS7 and Ferrari LaFerrari:
"As for looking forward, we’d pick the BMW i8. This futuristic piece of high performance art had us, and crowds, gathering every time the doors were swung up and open."