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by biffidum
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Check EV System light came on briefly
Replies: 14
Views: 9619

Re: Check EV System light came on briefly

Not that this is necessarily a full solution, but I think you are pushing your car too hard. These cars should not be driven at 120km/h. You should keep it under 110km/h, slower would be even better. These are city cars. Essentially, I think your cooling system is not keeping up. I think these cars ...
by biffidum
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Check EV system error
Replies: 11
Views: 6068

Re: Check EV system error

Made it to the dealer with the error still active.
They found that the coolant was low and topped it off. We’ll see if it fixes it.... I am skeptical though as it was just below the min level on the reservoir... they ordered a replacement pump in case the problem reappears.
by biffidum
Thu May 23, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Check EV system error
Replies: 11
Views: 6068

Re: Check EV system error

Oh the error is in memory... trouble is they will not do any warranty service unless the error is active... ie; light is still on.

When we restart the car the error is gone.
by biffidum
Thu May 23, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Check EV system error
Replies: 11
Views: 6068

Re: Check EV system error

Definitely repeatable. It’s spring here so the temperature is around 15-20C

It’s going to a different dealership that wants to keep it and try to recreate the error... yay, some yahoo racing around in my car for a day...
by biffidum
Wed May 22, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Check EV system error
Replies: 11
Views: 6068

Check EV system error

We are getting a “check EV system” error after periods of highway driving that exceed 15minutes. The car begins to slow and enters turtle mode... the second time we had to stop as the car would not ascend a hill. Trouble is, if you turn the car off for 2-3 min the error disappears and the car return...
by biffidum
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Range/Battery on a 2015 Kia Soul EV with 145,000km (90100 miles)
Replies: 2
Views: 4394

Re: Range/Battery on a 2015 Kia Soul EV with 145,000km (90100 miles)

If you get the car for $1000 and put a new battery in you can get 140 km per charge in real world (non-hyper miling) conditions (winter will be 116km with snow tires). Battery is $15,000 plus installation So $20,000 with tax for a 4 year old car with 145,000km on the odometer... These cars are not m...
by biffidum
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: New 2019 Soul EV - Charging Best Practices
Replies: 2
Views: 5200

Re: New 2019 Soul EV - Charging Best Practices

I was under the impression that a 100% charge would actually leave a couple of kW untouched (~28 out of 30kW). I don’t recall the actual numbers, but the ideas was to avoid the damaging effects of a static complete charge. I believe the same applies for the bottom end of the battery, as excessive di...
by biffidum
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Buying a Kia Soul EV
Topic: Need help with this decision, please?
Replies: 15
Views: 10458

Re: Need help with this decision, please?

Your commute is a perfect length for the Soul. Don’t sweat the battery heater. You will lose some range but it will come back in the summer. The only repair you will likely need to do is the OBC (on-board battery charger). It is covered under warranty and they can shuttle it away for repair... that ...
by biffidum
Wed May 02, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Getting only 73 miles in the winter
Replies: 7
Views: 10345

Re: Getting only 73 miles in the winter

P.S. we still love our Soul and choose it over our other vehicles whenever we can...
by biffidum
Wed May 02, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Getting only 73 miles in the winter
Replies: 7
Views: 10345

Re: Getting only 73 miles in the winter

Well spring has really arrived and with temperatures near 20C today we got 150km on a charge... 17.4kw on the eco meter thingamabob. This with wide tires on 18” rims.

It seems like the Kia would be best suited for temperate climates. As soon as it gets below 10C things deteriorate.

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