Kish
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Joined: Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:56 pm
Location: SoCal, CA

Re: 2015 Soul EV: My Battery Replacement Story

Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:00 pm

Cliff wrote:KISH, I appreciate your technical expertise! I'm not that technical - I'm just a guy with a 2016 Soul EV+, 31,000 miles, that originally had a 92 mile range, now 65. It has been dropping 1 mile per week for the last 6 weeks. Troublesome. I am also in SoCal, Orange County, specifically. You mentioned some capable dealers. Any recommendations? Sounds like I should get that SOH report soon...


If you go to the Kia website, you can punch in your zipcode and it shows all the Kia dealers nearby. Then, under filters, select Authorized Soul EV Dealer and it will show all dealers who are certified to sell/service Soul EVs. Good luck on your SOH report.

This keeps me away. Car companies want real money if you run over something in the road or some other accidental damage not covered
by the warranty. I did find used pull-outs from wrecks for under $16,000 but there's no data on how much power is left in those.
Gas is $2.29/gallon in Charleston for my Smart Fortwo. That's 8,017.89 gallons of regular gas. It'll run over 330,000 miles for the price of this critical repair you got for a few weeks of your time. I wonder how they would have treated a 40-year-old secretary with this issure who knew nothing of all the acronyms and specifications......

Sorry to intrude on Kia EV owners forum. I got more information in an hour here than I could have gotten in a year standing in the local service dept. Thank you all for posting your real-world experiences.....


You're welcome. Gas in CA is around $3.69 for regular right now, so the electric savings add up a bit quicker than in SC. Then again, the average cost of electricity is around $0.25/kwh, so it's really hard to say. Everyone has their own level of risk aversity. If your battery degrades within the warranty, Kia will replace it. If you crash your car, your car insurance will fix it (or likely total it for the Soul EV, and then you can get another). If the car is out of warranty or you don't have car insurance, then yeah I'd say steer clear of any/all EVs at this point.
2015 Soul EV+ | 44k miles
2017 Bolt EV Premier | 43k miles

Kish
Posts: 50
Joined: Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:56 pm
Location: SoCal, CA

Re: 2015 Soul EV: My Battery Replacement Story

Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:23 pm

Update on my car after exactly 8 months and 6k miles later:

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SOH is down to 106.5%. The Min/Max cell voltages still look good and are equally balanced. The Min/Max deterioration values have changed again. The max det is at 3.9% on cell #3, and the min det is at 3.0% on cell #1. Max det is down from 4.7% and the min det is up from 0.4% from 2 months ago.
2015 Soul EV+ | 44k miles
2017 Bolt EV Premier | 43k miles

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