As Kia's first all-electric, zero-emissions car sold in Canada, the Soul EV provides a range of approximately 160 kilometres on a full charge, although internal testing has resulted in trips of more than 200 kilometres in some instances.
The front-wheel drive 2015 Kia Soul EV is powered by an 81.4kW (109hp) electric motor producing 210 lb-ft of torque through a single-speed constant-ratio gear reduction unit. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 11.4 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to about 145 km/h.
Equipped with a 27kWh lithium polymer battery, the 2015 Kia Soul EV benefits from the company's third-generation regenerative braking system to convert up to 12% of the car's kinetic energy into electricity.
Charging times vary from 24 hours for a fully depleted battery using a standard 120V household outlet and 4 hours 20 minutes when plugged into a 240V outlet. An 80% charge can be achieved in as little as 24 minutes with a 100kW charger (33 minutes with a 50kW charger).
Pricing for the 2015 Kia Soul EV will be announced at a later date.