Kia Gives its Soul An Electric Drive
It was an easy title, after all Soul and electricity make for good headlines but this electric Soul should hit our streets sometime early next year. The like it or no quirky box-styled Soul is the company’s second best selling U.S. car with no less than 93,356 copies sold this year. So what would a low-volume electric version of the Soul bring the company? Probably not much welcome the green credentials bragging rights. As more and more low volume electric cars, EV come onto the market, the electric Soul would directly compete against the Fiat 500 EV, Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Nissan Leaf, and Honda Fit EV, CODA’s EV amongst a few.
Technically Speaking. Although the original Naimo concept sported a sporty twin-pack 27 kWh battery pack placed under its trunk floor, the lithium-ion polymer battery came from Hyundai in flexible sheets giving better malleability than the conventional rectangular battery pack. Fast forward two years into development and production, Kia’s first electric car for the U.S. market is really none other than the carmaker’s Ray EV that was introduced last year in Korea. With a range of up to 86 miles, it feeds its 50kW electric motor, 67,6 HP that puts out a generous 129 lb-ft. of torque through its 16.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The pack can accept fast-charging that takes 25 minutes, as well as a more regular charging that takes six hours.