Adapted from Kia's well known Soul compact "tall wagon," the Soul EV has turned out to be just as popular. It's fun to drive and its boxy shape provides greater cargo-carrying capacity than many other EVs. 60/40 split-folding rear seats offer up to 49.5 cubic feet of cargo space and storage options. The under-floor battery means plenty of interior space for passengers and your stuff.
The electric version, now in its 3rd year, offers three trim selections: the base Soul EV-e, the mid-range Soul EV, and the top-of-the-line Soul EV+ (plus). DC quick charging is now standard – it replenishes 60 miles of range in 1/2 an hour. The 27 kilowatt-hour energy capacity is about 10% higher than the rest of the affordable electric cars, and gives the EV a highway range of 92 miles, a city range of 120 miles and a combined EPA range rating of 93 miles.
Soul EV is eco-friendly; it's the first ever vehicle to receive UL Environment recognition. (UL Environment is a business unit of the prestigious Underwriters laboratories, which provides certification and publishes information about environmentally sustainable product manufacturers.) Nineteen parts of the EV's total interior mass are composed of bio-based materials, earning the Soul EV the first and only UL environmental claim validation. Interior parts use paint that's free from harmful chemicals like benzene, so that the air passengers breathe stays cleaner. And the car's earth-friendly plastics are made from plant-based materials like sugar cane and corn, all validated by UL Environment. The front dual-density foam seats are comfortable.
Tall drivers like the Soul EV's lower seat cushions, which provide additional headroom. The EV's height and upright stance make it exceptionally easy to get in and out of: an attribute six footers are keen to find. There's plenty of head room and leg room, but three adults sitting in the back will feel slightly cramped – Kia says it's a 5 person car, but it's really a 4 person car.
The synchronous 109 horsepower electric motor that powers its front wheels, draws current from a flat air-cooled lithium-ion battery pack in the floor. Providing a maximum output of 81 kilowatts (109 horsepower), the motor offers relatively quick acceleration away from the pack and acceptable passing power.
Soul EV is packed with lots of Next-Level Tech, including an an Organic LED (OLED) 3.5-inch display to the climate-control technologies that maximize driving range, and a free smartphone UVO eco app which provides battery-status alerts, adjusts in-car climate and schedules charging hours. Soul EV's 8-inch command center provides real-time data, finds charging stations. Via a compatible iPhone it will connect you to Apple Carplay™. Smart active safety systems, such as Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and the Brake Assist System (BAS), work automatically by sensing and adapting to your driving conditions. The Traction Control System (TCS) assists in avoiding wheel spin when you accelerate. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) helps you stay on course with improved stability. Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) offers increased steering control. When you decelerate or go downhill, the regenerative braking system recovers kinetic energy via friction that would be otherwise be lost. This energy goes directly to recharging the battery.
Car and Driver reviewers say: "The funky Soul EV appeals to the eco-friendly, keeps the utility of the gas-powered Soul, and adds a host of tech features to please even the geekiest hamsters." As a clean alternative fuel vehicle, the Soul EV is eligible for a High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) decal.
Owners also get a California State Rebate check of $2500 and a Federal Government Tax credit of $7500.
There are currently 4 primary incentives available to the California consumer that substantially lower the cost of buying or leasing an EV. CURRENT provides all the guidance or assistance you may need to apply for these incentives.