Kia introduces electric e-Soul with 39kWh or 64kWh battery




Kia has presented a new version of the Soul for the European market. It is a completely electric version of the car, called e-Soul. It comes in a version with a 39.2kWh battery and a variant with a 64kWh battery.

Kia announces that the e-Soul is based on the third generation of the Soul crossover. With the 64kWh battery, the car has a range of 452 kilometers according to the wltp standard. The cheaper 39.2kWh battery version would have a range of 277 kilometers. In Europe, Kia only markets this fully electric version of the Soul; versions with internal combustion engines do not appear here.

The e-Soul can be regarded as the successor of the Soul EV. This is a Soul model of a previous generation that is also fully electric powered and in 2014 came out with a 27kWh battery. In 2018 a Soul EV version followed with a 30kWh battery. The Kia e-Soul is comparable to a certain extent with the Kia e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona Electric . The cars have the same drive and battery packages.

Compared to this previous version of the electrified Soul, the e-Soul not only has a significantly larger range, but also more power. The version with the 39.2kWh battery has a power of 136hp and the 64kWh battery version has 204hp. The torque would also have increased by 39 percent to 395Nm. With this, the e-Soul has to cover the sprint from 0 to 100km / h in 7.6s.

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According to the manufacturer, the e-Soul has improved battery packs compared to the Soul EV. Where the latter came to an energy density of 200Wh / kg, the lithium-ion polymer battery of the e-Soul is 250Wh / kg. The cells can thus store 25 percent more energy, making the battery pack relatively light and compact. In both versions, the batteries can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in 42 minutes, although a 100kW charger must be used.

The South Korean car manufacturer will release the third generation of the Soul crossover in certain European countries, including the Netherlands. The e-Soul will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show. Kia states that the electric car is expected to be introduced in the Netherlands in the second half of this year. What the e-Soul is going to cost has not yet been announced.


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