Electrically As of September
In the fall of Kia launches its first electric car on the German market. Where it is possible to buy the Soul EV, however, is not yet clear.
When the Kia Soul EV goes on sale in September, it should cost around 32,000 euros, almost ten percent below the price of the E-Golf or a BMW i3. However, the price of the first electric production model of Korean brand Kia is loud Germany managing director Martin van Vugt not yet final. Van Vugt want value on a sustainable customer loyalty in the Soul EV. Subsequent price reductions as they had to make about the pioneers of e-mobility Nissan or Mitsubishi, you will not expect the first customers. Finally, the vehicle would lose lose value.
On the other hand, it may be that the battery costs continue to move down and this creates room for lower prices. And too expensive electric mobility may not be, it should be only moderately successful.
Kia Soul is the EV does not offer at all retailers. Like other manufacturers, certain dealers to specialize in the use of electricity in the car. Van Vugt attributes this to the expected more manageable quantities of E models and the high level of investment in retail.
Technically, the Soul EV convince, because the Kia engineers have put together an interesting package. Thus, the Korean suppliers of SK Innovation can zuliefern batteries with a particularly high energy density. The 192 lithium-ion polymer batteries deliver 27 kWh. By comparison, the Nissan Leaf has a 24 kWh.
At the same time the battery with 282 kg is at least twelve pounds lighter than that of the Japanese and ranges according to Kia 200 kilometer range, which - is likely to be much lower in practice - as with all electric cars. Kia customers get also on the Soul EV brand-usual seven-year warranty to 150,000 kilometers and which also applies to the battery.