KIA Unveils 'SOUL EV' at 2014 Chicago Auto Show
[ Reporter2 2014-02-07 ]  

Kia Motors has globally unveiled electronic car on 6th at 2014 Chicago Auto Show in McCormick Place.

Set to the sounds of soulful electrified blues music, Kia Motors America (KMA)  hosted the global unveiling of the 2015 Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. Scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2014, the Soul EV will be Kia's first all-electric, zero-emissions car sold in the U.S. and expands the brand's line of environmentally conscious vehicles.

The Soul EV joined the refreshed 2014 Optima Hybrid on stage along with the Niro hybrid concept, illustrating Kia's intent to lead the industry in providing technologically advanced vehicles that also reduce our dependency on non-renewable resources.

Kia's eco-friendly commitment was further underscored when Underwriters Laboratory honored the Soul EV with the organization's first automotive environmental validation for its integration of more than 20 bio-friendly materials.

the Soul EV comes equipped with an 81.4 kilowatt electric motor, which can generate 109 horsepower with a maximum torque of 29 kilograms-meters. It can reach 100 kilometers per hour within 12 seconds.

Recharging times vary from 24 hours for a fully depleted battery using a standard outlet at home but it take less than five hours when plugged into a 240-volt EV outlet. An 80-percent charge can be achieved in 25 minutes with a quick charger.

The EV's battery pack is mounted low in its chassis and addition bracing actually improves the hatchback's torsional rigidity by 5.9 percent.

Kia has equipped the Soul EV with a Virtual Engine Sound System or VESS - that emits an audible noise below 12 mph or when the vehicle is in reverse to alert pedestrians of the approaching vehicle.

(photo : 'SOUL EV' with Orth Hedrick director of product planning for Kia Motors America)

the Soul EV boast an interior comprised largely of eco-friendly materials. UVO EV Services, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth, power driver's seat, power windows and cruise control all fitted as standard.

Scheduled to go on sale in the first half of 2014 in Korea and in the third quarter of 2014 in US.

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