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2017 Kia Soul EV OVERVIEW
Like other automakers that offer electric vehicles, Kia developed the battery-powered version of its popular little tall hatchback in part to meet rigorous emissions standards in certain states. Distinctively styled and cheery in character, the Soul is a logical candidate for electric-only propulsion, likely attracting customers who might not ordinarily lean toward EVs.
What's New for 2017
The fast charge system now provides greater energy (94 percent of charge). New remote climate logic pre-conditions the vehicles when it’s not grid-connected. A new Pedestrian Warning system alters the emitted sound and frequency, in accord with vehicle speed.
Base EV and EV+ models get new dark gray 16-inch wheel covers. A rear center armrest is now standard for the EV+ trim. A new EV-e audio head unit includes a standard rearview camera display. UVO Eco connectivity, standard in upper trim levels, adds features for 2017, including immediate climate control and on-demand vehicle diagnosis.
Choosing your Kia Soul EV
In the Soul EV, a 27-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery provides juice for an electric motor that produces 109 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. The EPA estimates range on a full charge at 93 miles and Equivalent fuel economy at 105 miles per gallon equivalent in combined city and highway driving. Plugged into a 240-volt outlet, the battery can fully charge in about five hours. Kia’s FlexSteer system provides three modes: Normal, Comfort, and Sport.
Since its debut as a 2015 model, sale of Soul EVs has been limited to select Kia dealers in specified states, including California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland.
Even Californians are probably better off skipping the EV-e model, paying $1,700 more to get the UVO Eco telematics, including navigation. Another $2,000 buys some tempting creature comforts in the Plus edition. Note that state and federal tax incentives, including a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, are available to EV buyers. Depending on your circumstances, leasing might be the best bet.
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