UK Journalists Drive Kia Soul EV Prototype —

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Kia grabbed headlines week by promising a “120” range for its converted 2015 EV to be launched next year, and a prototype is proving reasonably to drive, harder usage may see number brought lower.

to Autocar . the Korean automaker is for “124 miles on a full in optimum conditions: similar to claim for the Leaf and more the Ford Focus EV.”

conditions” would likely not a majority of highway driving, but slower speeds.

Not that 120 is a record, but for a car that could for near or less than the Leaf, it would be a new benchmark at level.

Its design as a compact crossover is compelling to EV fans wanting choices, and this much pretty well set, other specs are still fine tuned.

For example, Kia is discussing with three suppliers which will get the for the Soul EV’s energy – to be tucked under the rear thus not compromising cargo overly much.

Weight is up by over 440 pounds, and to mildly will be the requisite low rolling tires, as well as aerodynamic a mildly reshaped hood, and for distinctiveness, the car will get new lights

Claimed performance figiures a 0-62 mph time of under 12 top speed of 90 mph, and recharge from 240 volts in under hours with a fast option of 80 percent in 25 minutes.

in mind the car driven was a test so initial road impressions, telling, are subject to revision.

The EV is based on the wider platform the Kia Cee’d. Wheelbase is 20mm body is 29-percent stiffer the first generation Soul, and the is updated to compensate.

The actual range was never unfortunately, but with a spec for 27 kwh battery pack compared to the 24 kwh, EV fans are already themselves for a possible case of under-deliver, and more sobering under the EPA test cycle.

says drive characteristics are within what one might Initial takeoff is quick the torque instantly available, and is light and ideal for urban

At speeds the steering does the job but little feedback and regenerative is set so heavily that coasting to energy is not much of an option for the mule as set up.

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Whether this is changed to an “B” mode for the production car according to practice was not reported.

Bumps in the are handled OK by the prototype but handling at point is “a touch ponderous” revised suspension geometry.

marketing copy mentions a Engine Sound System to alert pedestrians at sub-12-mph and in reverse.

But don’t expect to sound like a rumbling V8 – on the Autocar describes it as “akin to the of a distant ice cream van.”

While the UK journalists were to poke and prod where Kia is otherwise staying tight-lipped on any details.

The pre-subsidy price in the UK is under £25,000 ($40,000) – the price range of a well-equipped and well below a £35,255 starting price for a Chevy

Initial import quantities to the UK be limited, and as for the U.S. Kia refused to say it would be a limited-basis roll-out, nor term plans.

The small but utility vehicle does a new player in the EV category that fill needs not met by the few present

EV fans can only hope the mile range estimate to UK journalists is not too far off real world

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