The hamsters in those Kia Soul commercials? Looks like they will be riding real quiet and fairly clean a minor sooner than we imagined. Kia is now saying it will commence production of the 2015 Soul EV next month, and sales will commence later this year in the company’;s residence nation of South Korea. Moreover, in accordance to Reuters, Kia is trying to keep income expectations minimal, suggesting it should promote about 5,000 Soul EVs a year at a value of around $ 39,000, though the out-of-pocket charges should be lower in half simply because of South Korean government subsidies.
As for the US, Kia spokesman James Hope tells AutoblogGreen that although the organization hasn’;t set a definitive debut date, “we are targeting Q3 of this yr.” Hope says Kia is not providing Soul EV sales guidance for the US, so we’;ll just have to see exactly where the EV chips fall come September or so.
Reuters also notes that sister organization Hyundai will start off selling its very own battery-electric vehicle in 2016, a timetable confirmed by Hyundai Senior Vice President Lee Ki-sang. Both Kia and Hyundai are shooting for a South Korean electric-vehicle marketplace that they hope will expand exponentially from a total of just 713 sales last yr. The front-wheel-drive Soul EV will have a 81-kilowatt electrical motor, and its single-charge range will be about 120 miles. The model was very first proven off at the Chicago Car Present final month, but Autoblog scored an early prototype test drive ahead of the reveal – examine out our characteristic drive report here.
(SEOUL) March 4, 2014 — The new Kia Soul EV created its European debut at the 84th Salon Global de l’;Automobile in Geneva, Switzerland, right now alongside a special technology exhibit of the brand’;s following-generation hybrid powertrain. These debutants had been joined on the stand by the enhanced Kia Sportage and upgraded Optima Hybrid for the European market place, as effectively as the GT4 Stinger notion automobile, which made its international debut at the Detroit Auto Display earlier this yr, and a new pedelec Electric Bicycle.
Embodying the iconic design and style of the just lately-launched 2nd-generation Kia Soul, the new Kia Soul EV will turn out to be the brand’;s very first globally-sold electric automobile when it goes on sale globally later on in 2014.
The Soul EV is a front-wheel drive electric car with a large-capacity 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and class-foremost 200 Wh/kg battery cell power density. Power comes from an 81.4 kW electrical motor producing a generous 285 Nm of torque. The automobile will appeal to city commuters thanks to a driving selection of around 200 km on a single charge.
Customers of the Soul EV will advantage from its completed ride and managing and higher level of refinement thanks to the car’;s minimal centre of gravity, revised platform and chassis and new components made to minimize noise, vibration and harshness.
To maximise the efficiency and potential range of the Soul EV, the vehicle features a amount of energy-saving technologies that lessen load on the battery and boost highest driving selection. These contain new superior heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technologies, which includes a planet-first ‘driver-only’; personal ventilation program, 4-mode regenerative braking and a battery heating system.
The Soul EV will also be one particular of the most sensible EVs on the industry as a outcome of minimal intrusion by the battery pack into the cabin and cargo space. As with each other Kia model sold in Europe, the Soul EV will ensure owners peace of thoughts thanks to Kia’;s exclusive 6-Yr, 150,000 km guarantee.
As properly as displaying new manufacturing-ready minimal emissions automobiles at Geneva, Kia is displaying a a new hybrid powertrain technological innovation, designed by the brand’;s European R&D center for use in potential Kia models all around the planet.
The hybrid program consists of a 48V lead carbon battery linked to a modest electric motor, increasing the internal combustion engine’;s power output. The battery also supplies power to an electric supercharger, which increases torque and electrical power at minimal engine speeds.
Beneath the appropriate problems, the new hybrid powertrain can drive a vehicle in electric-only mode at minimal speeds and whilst cruising, while the battery is recharged under deceleration. And when the automobile is stationary, the technology also acts as a zero-emissions end-begin system, doing this perform with virtually no noise or vibration as it is a belt-commencing program. The technological innovation also permits Kia engineers to reduce the dimension – and excess weight – of its vehicles’; existing 12V battery.
Lining up alongside the new hybrid powertrain technique, Kia also exposed information of its all-new 7-velocity dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
The very first 6-pace transmission from the Korean manufacturer has been engineered to deliver each better fuel efficiency and enhanced overall performance. Engineers have been focusing on a 7 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and a 5 percent improvement in -100 kph (62 mph) acceleration. NVH has also been a important focus for the staff behind the DCT’;s growth, with an external damper making certain a higher degree of refinement for the new transmission.
Unveiled earlier in the yr at the North American International Auto Display, Kia’;s gorgeous GT4 Stinger Concept seems in Europe for the initial time at Geneva. The GT4 Stinger, developed by Kia’;s California layout crew, moves Kia in a bold new styling path and has greatest driving enjoyment central to its appeal.
Powered by a 315 ps 2.-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (T-GDI) 4-cylinder engine, the eye-catching 2+2 sportscar seeks to involve the driver as much as achievable, with a 6-velocity manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive. As a statement of the concept’;s dynamic intent, the vehicle is fitted with all-round independent double-wishbone suspension, a high-downforce carbon fibre front splitter and front-brake cooling vents. The signature Kia grille sits reduced to the ground for optimum engine cooling and cold-air induction.
Although there are presently no strategies to bring the notion to manufacturing, Kia has a historical past of delivering manufacturing autos that bear a sturdy resemblance to the concepts that precede them, and the GT4 Stinger supplies an enticing glimpse into Kia’;s attainable future.
Responding to customer feedback and developments in the increasingly-competitive European marketplace, Kia also showed the enhanced Kia Sportage. The compact crossover, the brand’;s greatest-selling model in Europe with much more than 89,000 product sales in 2013, receives modest but substantial upgrades to its modern exterior, as effectively as a refreshed interior style and new resources all through the cabin.
Also making its European debut, the upgraded Kia Optima Hybrid receives a quantity of visual modifications and is fitted with a assortment of new characteristics, including Kia’;s third-generation regenerative braking technique with better braking come to feel and response, a new touchscreen interface particular to the Hybrid program and a new (optional) Substantial Tech Pack of driver assist methods.
Production of the upgraded Optima Hybrid is scheduled to start in Korea during April 2014 and the new model will go on sale in Europe and other markets later on in the 12 months.
Kia unveiled 2 prototypes of its latest zero-emission cars to a specially invited media audience, a pedelec Electric Bicycle, which is created to appeal to commuters thanks to a selection of all around forty km on a single charge and a 4-hour recharge time. 2 versions are shown at the salon – the City model, for urban use, and MTB, for tougher terrain.
The Kia Electric Bicycle (KEB) notion is propelled by a 250 Watt electrical motor generating a generous 45 Nm of torque, and powered by a 36 volt, 10 amp lithium-ion polymer battery pack which is effortlessly detached for recharging. The KEB weighs all around twenty kg in complete, and has a best pace of 25. kph (15.5 mph) to comply with EU regulations.
Designed and engineered by at Kia’;s Namyang R&D Center in Korea, the KEB attributes an innovative monocoque metal frame, developed by an superior metal stamping engineering and a robotic welding process – resulting in automotive sector top quality control. The 2 prototype KEB versions are created using a frame, electric motor and energy pack manufactured in Korea, with each other with brake and gear parts from Shimano in Japan. Final assembly was carried out in Germany.
Media and public reactions to the prototype KEB will be monitored closely by Kia Motors Corporation, 70 years following it very first manufactured bicycles in Korea in the course of 1944.
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) – a maker of high quality vehicles for the youthful-at-heart – was founded in 1944 and is Korea’;s oldest producer of motor automobiles. Above 2.7 million Kia autos a 12 months are created in 10 manufacturing and assembly operations in 5 countries which are then sold and serviced by means of a ne2rk of distributors and dealers covering close to 150 countries. Kia these days has all around 48,000 workers throughout the world and annual revenues of above US$ 43 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive companion of FIFA – the governing entire body of the FIFA Globe Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation’;s brand slogan – “The Energy to Shock” – represents the company’;s global dedication to shock the globe by offering interesting and inspiring experiences that go past expectations.