Kia Soul EV debuts at the Chicago Auto Show

Kia has unveiled its first ever mass-production electric vehicle, the Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show.

Based on the new Soul that was revealed last year, the EV model features unique design inside and out.

From launch the Soul EV will be offered in three two-tone paint schemes: Pearl White lower body with Electronic Blue roof, Caribbean Blue lower body with Clear White roof, and Bright Silver with Clear White roof.

The front end is distinguished from the standard model with a larger grille, accommodating the charging ports, as well as colour accent trim in the front and rear panels, projector headlights, LED positioning lamps, and LED tail lights.

“Eco Electric” badging replaces the “Soul” badging and there are also unique 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped with specially engineered Super Low Rolling Resistance tyres.

As the 27kWh battery is located beneath the floor, there is a very small reduction to rear seat leg room (less than 8cm) compared to the non-EV Soul.

The electric motor produces 109bhp and 210 lb.-ft of torque driving the front wheels, with the 27kWh, air-cooled battery good for a range approximately 80-100 miles of real-world driving on a full charge.

0-60mph takes less than 12 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited to approximately 90mph.

The Soul EV will go on sale in the U.S. in third quarter of 2014 and in Europe and the UK shortly after that.


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