Kia Soul EV spied

20 Jan, 2014 11:59am Jimi Beckwith

Kia's first electric car, the Soul EV, is spied winter testing before it goes on sale in late 2014

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.

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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.

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