Electric KIA comes now a little further

Frankfurt, March 21, 2017

It's not really much, but at least: KIA has increased the range of the soul EV by 212 to 250 kilometers. This makes possible a new battery that stores now 30 instead of 27 kilowatt hours (kWh) energy. Also slightly reduced the power consumption: it is now specified with 14.3 held 14.7 kWh per 100 kilometers. To help the new rolling resistance optimised tyres. Also, the color palette has been extended from four to six varnishes.

Generous standard equipment

Extensive standard equipment the entry-level version plug-in include a two zone climate control, an Infotainment system with eight-inch display (with navigation system and rearview camera), a keyless access and start system, a DAB +-radio, a Bluetooth hands-free kit with voice control, a cruise control and seat heating front.

285 NM: as much as in a diesel engine

The 110 PS strong motor with 285 nm of torque accelerates the soul EV in 11.3 seconds to 100 km/h, maximum of 145 km/h are possible. The lithium-polymer battery can be fully charged on a 230-Volt connection at 6.6 kilowatt charger performance in about six hours. The higher equipment play can download also on a 50-kilowatt quick charging station. 80 percent will be achieved in 33 minutes. The brand standard warranty of seven years at the soul EV also applies to the battery.

From 29.410 euros (minus bonus)

The improved soul EV is available now and rolls from June 2017 in the trade. The price increases by 600 euros and now amounts to 29.490 euros for the base version of plug-in. So the car is practically the same with the Nissan leaf (from euro 29.265). The range is also the Nissan Stromer at 250 km. Further, up to 300 kilometres, the BMW i3 comes (94 AH), which will cost at least 36.150 euros. The range is much larger with the Opel Ampera-e, which should create 520 kilometers announced for summer. Opel still not has however announced the price for this car. The mentioned prices allowed to withdraw mentally even the electrical bonus of 4,000 euros. (sl)