The new Soul Electric debuted alongside the standard, internal-combustion 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The cars have a striking new look inside and out, as well as new features. For the Soul EV, the biggest news is a bigger battery pack. It now has a 64-kilowatt-hour capacity, compared to the old Soul EV's 27-kWh pack. The new Soul also has more power, with its electric motor rated at 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, versus the preceding model's 109 hp and 210 lb-ft.at the
What's most important is how the Soul EV's range compares to other affordable electric cars. It beats the range of theand the new , as well as the , but won't quite offer as much driving range as the . You can see how the cars compare in the chart below.
Electric car EPA ranges
|Vehicle||EPA Range||Battery Capacity|
|Kia Soul EV||243 miles||64 kWh|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||258 miles||64 kWh|
|Kia Niro Electric||239 miles||64 kWh|
|Chevrolet Bolt EV||238 miles||60 kWh|
|Nissan Leaf E+||226 miles||62 kWh|
The Kia Soul EV will be able to use fast-charging to get an 80 percent charge in as little as an hour. On the more common Level 2 charging standard, Kia says charge times will be up to 9 hours, 35 minutes, while on Level 1, 120-volt charging, a full battery charge will take a whopping 59 hours. In other words, you're going to want that Level 2 charger in your garage.
We'll have to wait a little longer to find out just how much the 2020 Kia Soul EV will cost, and to get behind the wheel, but based on its funky design and impressive range alone, color us excited for the battery-powered hatchback.