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The South Korean-based automaker Kia has announced plans to develop the 2014 Soul EV. Kia also released some details about their electric vehicles, complete with photos. The Soul EV will be the Kia’s first all-electric model, which will be sold outside the South Korea, including the U.S. and European markets.
This zero-emission vehicle will be powered by a 27 kWh lithium-ion battery, which can offer travel more than 120 miles with one charging. Charging the battery will take up to 5 hours using a standard 240V outlet, but the battery charging process can be reduced to 25 minutes if using a 100 kW quick charger.
According to the Korean carmaker, the electric-powered Soul prototype is currently being developed on the 2014 Kia Soul with some modifications. The Soul EV prototype is powered by a 109 HP electric motor that can spit out a maximum torque up to 210 lb-ft.
Power is transferred to the front wheels via a single-speed constant ratio gear reduction unit, which allows this electric-car prototype to sprint from 0-62 mph in less than 12 seconds and its top speed reaches 90 mph.
Full production version of the 2014 Soul EV will be equipped with some standard features, including aerodynamically shaped 16-inch alloy wheels, projector-type headlights, LED positioning lamps and LED rear combination lamps. While the interior featuring unique instrument cluster and center stack with 8-inch display.
The 2014 Kia Soul EV release date is scheduled for next year. The South Korean automaker said the new Soul EV will go on sale outside the South Korean market in 2014.