Monday, May 1, 2017

Kia launches Soul EV with extended range.

Kia Motors Corp. on Tuesday May 2, 2017, launched the latest version of the Soul electric vehicle (EV) with an extended range, a move aimed at adding more fuel-efficient models to its lineup.

The 2018 Soul EV can travel an average of 180 kilometers on a single charge using its 30-kilowatt-per-hour battery, higher than the previous version's 148 km range, the company said in a statement.

The all-electric Soul boxcar can run 152 km per charge on the highway and 202 km in downtown driving. It takes only 23-33 minutes for the car's battery to reach peak capacity through fast charging and five hours 40 minutes for it to be charged completely via conventional charging, South Korea's No. 2 carmaker said.

"The 2018 Soul EV went on sale Tuesday in the domestic market and exports are expected to begin within the next few months," a company spokesman said without elaborating.

The pure EV carries a price tag of 42.8 million won (US$37,800) but it is available at 16.8 million-28.8 million won with government subsidies worth at least 14 million won, he said.

Kia Motors, an affiliate of Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automotive conglomerate, said it sold a total of 21,000 Soul EVs worldwide last year. 

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