The Kia Soul EV has been spied testing ahead of its on-sale date later this year. We drove a prototype of Kia's first electric car last November, and these spy shots show clearly how the EV will look.
Marking out the EV from the standard Soul is a blanked-out front grille and no exhaust at the back, while there's a concealed charging-point near the left headlight along with more aerodynamic tyres. Kia promises an impressive range of ‘over 120 miles’ from the under-floor batteries - more than its main rival, the Nissan LEAF.
Powered by a 109bhp electric motor driving the front wheels, the Soul EV covers 0-62mph in 11.5 seconds and hits a top speed of 90mph. Kia claims a full charge takes just five hours, while an 80 per cent charge from a fast-charger takes 25 minutes.
Expect the Soul EV to carry a price tag in the region of £18,000, including the government’s £5,000 subsidy for EVs. And despite the alternative powertrain, Kia’s 7-year, 100,000-mile warranty will still be included.