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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: 1200

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: 1994

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: 6776

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: 7097

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: 7097

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.
by biffidum
Tue May 01, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Getting only 73 miles in the winter
Replies: 7
Views: 7097

Re: Getting only 73 miles in the winter

The warmer weather has hit (15C) and we are increasing our range to 130+ km’s. I expect we will be back to 142km’s by the time we hit summer. We have never seen the 156km that was on the gauge when we first picked up the car new. So I would say that degradation is not evident after 1.75yrs of mostly...
by biffidum
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Getting only 73 miles in the winter
Replies: 7
Views: 7097

Re: Getting only 73 miles in the winter

We are seeing the same thing. 73 miles is about 117km. We typically see 135-142 per charge in the summer months. Last summer our range recovered once into warmer weather. This year I have different rims and wider tires. I had hoped the range penalty was not going to be too severe, but so far all ind...
by biffidum
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Range from 100% Charge Dropping
Replies: 45
Views: 26007

Re: Range from 100% Charge Dropping

People should do more research before they buy a car. The Kia EV is a perfect car for around town. I'm tired of hearing people complain that they can no longer complete their 70mile commute.... people!! You bought the wrong car! If a highway commute makes up the majority of your driving stick with a...
by biffidum
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Performance Dropping consistently
Replies: 16
Views: 12369

Re: Battery Performance Dropping consistently

Just in case people start to panic reading the above. There are a couple of things you should know. 1). The OP has 67,000 miles (107,000kms) on a car that is just over a year old. 2). They seem to charge extensively on a rapid charger (level 3) Obviously lots of highway driving being done and rapid ...

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