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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