Production has begun of the Soul EV, the first all-electric car from Kia designed for Europe. It will go on sale in the UK towards the end of 2014, joining the current Soul Diesel / Petrol line-up.
It is powered by a 110 ps (81.4 kW) electric motor, producing 285 Nm of torque through the front-wheels. Acceleration from 0-62 mpg is 11.2 seconds with a top speed of around 90 mph.
It features a 192-cell 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack mounted beneath the cabin, promising a range of around 130 mph from one charge. You can recharge the Kia Soul EV into any standard household electricity supply. Recharging times are up to five hours for a fully depleted battery using a 6.6 kW AC slow charger. An 80 per cent charge can be achieved in as little as 25 minutes with a 100 kW charger (if available) or 33 minutes using a 50 kW DC charger.
Currently there is no indication of pricing or specifications, but they should be with us shortly and we will let you know as soon as possible.Published 12 June 2014