By Anthony Capkun
September 4, 2014 – In the hopes that this market introduction will eventually expand into Canada, Kia Motors America introduced its first all-electric car for the U.S. market—the 2015 Soul EV.
The Soul EV is built with a 27kWh battery, yielding a range of about 80-100 miles on a full charge. Kia chose ABB to provide DC fast chargers to its dealer network; the latter’s Terra 53 50kW chargers accommodate Kia’s CHAdeMO inlet, and are capable of charging the new vehicle in 15-30 minutes.
The Soul EV aims to simplify charging by including two charge ports: one for standard 120V outlets (SAE J1772 for Level 1 and 2 AC charging) and the 480V DC fast-charge port. Besides ABB, Kia has also forged partnerships with Bosch, Leviton and Aerovironment for Level 2 at-home charging options (sold separately).
Image courtesy ABB.