Kia told about the new electric SoulJanuary 24, 2019
The crossover can travel almost 430 kilometers on a single charge.
In South Korea, sales of the third-generation Kia Soul crossover started, including its electric version. At the same time there was all the detailed information about the electric vehicle.
For the third-generation Kia Soul, which debuted last fall, there are two versions, differing in battery capacity and engine recoil. One received a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 64 kilowatt-hours and an electric motor with a power of 150 kilowatts (204 horsepower). In the combined cycle, the power reserve per charge is 386 kilometers. In urban mode – 427 kilometers, and on the highway – 336 kilometers.
The more affordable Slim version also has a lithium-ion battery, but with a capacity of only 39.2 kilowatt-hours. The power of its electric motor is 100 kilowatts (136 horsepower). Such a machine, according to Kia, is noticeably lighter — 1,555 kilograms versus 1695, and therefore has a slightly lower power consumption.
But the power reserve due to the smaller battery capacity is more modest: 250 kilometers in the combined cycle. In the city one charge is enough for 279 kilometers, on the highway – for 214 kilometers.
The exact same choice between 64 or 39.2 kilowatt-hour batteries is available for the Kia Niro EV electric vehicle. The electric version was also of the Soul of the second generation, but the capacity of its battery was only 30 kilowatt-hours.
The battery of the new Soul received a liquid cooling system, instead of an air one on the previous generation model. In addition, Kia said that they were able to improve the efficiency of electric motors in low load modes. One measure is the use of bearings with reduced resistance.
On-board electronics allows you to choose one of four driving modes: the most economical Eco +, “just economical” Eco, Normal and Sport. In addition, the driver can select the regenerative braking force using the stalk. Four positions are provided, from 0 to 3, and in the latter the machine can be controlled by turning to the brake pedal only in emergency cases.
A new UVO 3.0 multimedia system is also available for the model with a 10.25-inch screen. The navigation sewn into it allows you to reserve a time slot at the charging station and, depending on the route, choose how much the battery needs to be charged. When using a powerful 100-kilowatt charger, it is possible to fully charge a car with a large battery in 54 minutes.
Kia has already received 4,000 pre-orders for a new electric car in Korea, and plans to sell 20,000 cars this year. Two configurations are offered – Prestige and Nobless, prices in South Korea start at 46,000,000 won.
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