Automotive fever hit the Windy City this week with the Chicago Auto Show (CAS), calling all car lovers to admire the latest motor industry trends. Our theme for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show was “eco-friendliness.”
The 2015 Kia Soul EV, Kia’s first mass market electric vehicle, made its grand debut at the CAS today, along with the world premiere of the refreshed 2014 Optima Hybrid and the first North American showing of the Niro hybrid concept.
Kia goes electric
Scheduled to go on sale later in 2014, the Soul EV is Kia’s first all-electric, zero-emissions car to be sold in the U.S. and expands the brand’s line of environmentally conscious vehicles. The Soul EV offers an expected 80-100 miles in range when fully charged, and integrates more than 20 bio-friendly materials on the interior.
It comes with a new individual ventilation system, which reduces energy consumption by only providing ventilation and heating to the driver. This is different from current electric vehicles on the road, in which closing the vents merely diverts hot or cold air through other vents in the car while energy consumption remains the same.
The Soul EV uses Kia’s third-generation regenerative braking system to capture up to 12% of the car’s kinetic energy, which is fed back into the battery while the car is coasting and braking. The Soul EV plugs into any standard 120v outlet or a conventional 240v EV charger.
From the “floating” roof to the greenhouse that makes the car look like it is wearing wraparound sunglasses, the Soul EV’s look is inspired by the 2012 Kia Track’ster concept and retains the iconic square-shouldered broad stance of the original Soul. Initially, the Soul EV will be offered in three color choices: Pearl White lower body with Electronic Blue roof, Caribbean Blue lower body with Clear White roof, and Bright Silver with Clear White roof. The signature two-tone paint schemes are exclusive to the EV and were inspired by the paint job on the Track’ster.
Take a look at the Soul EV in action!
Stay tuned for the latest updates on the Soul EV in the upcoming weeks!