The updated Kia Soul EV is set to make its European debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.
The new generation battery pack used is up to 30% more energy efficient than the current European best-selling electric vehicle.
In 2018 the Soul EV has been purchased more than the petrol and diesel version combined, with one in eight Kia cars sold in Europe the electric version. A strong increase from one in ten from 2017, with growth expected to continue in 2019.
The Soul EV still offers the same characteristics from earlier generations and its boxy look whilst featuring new technical lighting elements, sculpted lines and sharp details.
The unrivalled 100,000 mile seven-year warranty also covers the battery pack and electric motor.
Available in either a standard-range (39.2 kWh) or long-range (64 kWh) powertrain, both options offer a range which surpasses the current Soul EV.
The electric motor has also been improved to provide 395 Nm of torque, an increase of 39%. The power of the car has also grown by 84% with the long-range option hitting 0-62 mph in only 7.9 seconds.
Fitted as standard on both models is a Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast charger. Both battery packs can reach 80% from 20% in just 42 minutes when using a 100 kW DC fast-charger.
The Soul EV also features a selection of energy recuperation technologies which maximise driving range, including Kia’s energy efficient heat pump system, individual ventilation and air conditioning system.
The Drive Mode Select system lets owners choose from ‘Normal’, ‘Eco’, Eco+’ or ‘Sport’ mode, with both Eco modes helping to maximise vehicle range.
Kia’s new UVO CONNECT telematics system enables owners to access information about the world around them, via smartphone and in-car touchscreen, which provides updates on weather forecasts, traffic information, points of interest, potential parking including location price and availability. Most importantly it shows charging locations, availability and compatibility.
The UVO app works with this system, providing diagnostic information about the vehicle and journeys, activate remote features and functions remotely. Depending on location, climate control system can be remotely activated, with the option to sync routes before a journey. Users can also check battery status, with the option to stop and start charging whilst also being able to check vehicle location, reports and diagnostic information.
UK specification, pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed.
For more information on the new Kia Soul EV contact JCT600 Kia Castleford.
Added: 01 March 2019