2018 Soul EV's Leaked Range Isn't Impressive, But Kia Can Win With This Move
In the past two years Kia Soul EV has had some minor trip changes, but nothing major. Now, a leaked specs of the 2018 Kia Soul EV, published by Kia-World, show that the 2018 Kia Soul EV will get 30 kWh battery and a range boost.
Current and Upcoming Range of Kia Soul EV
Currently the Kia Soul Ev gets 93 miles of range per charge. This is basically in par with currently-made Nissan Leafs. The upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf will have 150 miles of range per charge. Now, the 2018 Kia Soul EV, thanks to the extra capacity of the new 30 kWh battery should get a better range. It should be beyond 100 miles per charge and probably the 2018 Kia Soul EV will get about 115 miles of range per charge.
This is not good enough for the Kia Soul to compete with Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model 3. The MSRP starts from $32,250. For that price you can get an entry level Model S or Nissan Leaf, which is less expensive.
Kia Should Lower Soul EV's Price
This suggestion came from EV advocate and owner David Herron, who has also contributed stories to TorqueNews.com. Here is what Herron thinks about the 30kWh Soul EV. He wrote this in Kia Soul EV public group on Facebook.
"This is based on a leak of a spec sheet in Germany showing that for the 2018 model Kia will add 8 more cells (bumping up battery voltage) and enabling the use of more of the capacity in the battery pack, increasing total usable capacity to 30 kWh. That should produce a range increase to about 115 miles EPA rating. That level of improvement isn't so good compared to what else is going on in the EV market. If Kia couples this modest battery increase with a price decrease then it would remain competitive on a cost/range basis. It's likely the debut of this model will occur at the Los Angeles auto show in November."
I agree with Herron. If Kia's new Soul EV is going to have only modest improvement in range and get only 115 miles per charge, Kia should definitely lower its price if it can. I know this may be difficult to do, depending on the cost of the production, but if Kia can significantly lower the price of the 2018 Kia Soul EV, then the vehicle will still be very competitive and relevant for city drivers.