Kia Soul EV production model debuts in Chicago

Just days after spy shots of the Kia Soul EV were leaked earlier this week, Kia has now officially unveiled the production version of the Soul electric vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show.

The Soul EV is powered by an 81 kW electric motor with 109 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. Driving the front wheels, the 0-60mph time is somewhere under 12 seconds, and the top speed is electronically limited to 90 mph.

Using an air-cooled 27 kWh lithium ion battery pack, Kia says the Soul EV should get between 80 to 100 miles of all-electric range. Charging can be done in under 5 hours with a Level 2 EVSE, or in around 33 minutes with a CHAdeMO charger. Partnering with 3 charger providers – Bosch, Leviton and AeroVironment, Kia wants to offer customers a wide range of home charging options.

The Soul EV has a distinctive blocked off front grille, as well as a more aerodynamic front fascia. 3 color options will be available – Pearl White with Electronic Blue roof, Caribbean Blue with Clear White roof, and Bright Silver with Clear White roof.

No pricing has been announced, but will be available closer to the electric vehicle’s launch later this year.

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Alan Moeller

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