soul ev

For 2018, the Kia Soul EV gets more battery capacity and much improved electric range.

Out is the old 27-kWh pack and in is the new 30-kWh version. It's likely there's been no change in dimensions to the pack, but higher energy density cells net the 3-kWh improvement.

Electric range jumps from 93 miles combined for 2017 all the way up to 111 miles for the 2018 version. That's quite a healthy increase for the Soul in its fourth year on the market now.

Some other figures have changed too (see the EPA comparison below):

So, not only did range increase dramatically, but efficiency is up too. The new Soul EV is quite a bit more efficient in the city than the 2017 version and a hair more efficient in highway driving. That bumps up its combined MPGe figure from 105 to 108. The EPA says the new Soul consumes 31 kWh per 100 miles, versus the 32 per 100 rating of the 2017 version.

Sales of the Kia Soul EV have never been strong (ranging from around 50 to 200 units per month), but now with the range boost the monthly figures might go up a bit. It's still too little too late, but we welcome the improvement nevertheless.

Pricing for the 2018 Model Year Soul EV appears mostly unchanged. The base version can be had for $33,950, while the top-of-the-line version, the EV+ starts at $35,950.