Kia also cites an 80 percent charge in as little as 33 minutes using a 50-kW system, and the Soul EV is fitted with three charging ports. Two of the ports are for conventional AC charging, per SAE standard J1772, and the third for CHAdeMo public stations.
CHAdeMo sounds like the Klingon word for breakfast, but it’s an acronym for CHArge de Move, a 480-volt direct current system established and promoted by a Japanese consortium. CHAdeMo can replenish a battery’s juice in less than 30 minutes. Kia plans to offer owners a choice of three charger suppliers—Bosch, Leviton, and AeroVironment.
Like other EVs, coasting and regenerative braking play an important role in stretching battery life. But the Soul will provide two operating presets—Eco On, and Eco Off, with “Drive” and “Brakes” modes for each. Brakes mode in the Eco On setting can capture as much as 12 percent of the car’s lost kinetic energy, according to Kia, which is then stored in the car’s battery pack.
Kia will also offer an app that will pinpoint recharging stations, and Kia dealers who sell electric Souls will offer free recharging to their customers.
The Soul EV will be propelled by a liquid-cooled AC synchronous permanent magnet electric motor rated for 109 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. Like most electrics, the motor sends power to the front wheels via a single-speed constant-ratio transmission.
A 96-cell, 27-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery feeds the motor. It lives under the Soul’s floor, and takes a small bite out of rear seat legroom, which shrinks from 39.1 to 36.0 inches. The standard 120-volt charger, which stows under the cargo floor, takes a bigger bite out of luggage capacity, down 5.1 cubic feet to 19.1.
Thanks to: Car and Driver