notfred
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Re: 2015 Soul EV: My Battery Replacement Story

Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:30 pm

It's the State of Health (SoH) field that you want to look at. You are down to 79% so I think you will carry on dropping to 70% and get a new battery soon.

Kish
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Re: 2015 Soul EV: My Battery Replacement Story

Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:10 pm

That's right, you're at 79.1% battery health. Once you hit <= 70%, you will get a new battery pack. Nevertheless, in my opinion, it's worth taking in your car to the dealership now and get an official State of Health (SOH) report, just to confirm that what you're seeing in Torque is accurate. Just know that it may/will end up costing you $100+ for the report (if you're over 70%).

If you don't mind, could you create a new thread for your car? That way we can monitor the condition of your battery pack separately. I'd like to keep this thread as sort of a diary regarding my vehicle.
2015 Soul EV+ | 47k miles
2017 Bolt EV Premier | 52k miles

Kish
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Re: 2015 Soul EV: My Battery Replacement Story

Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:46 pm

Update on my car after exactly 6 months and 5k miles later:

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SOH is down to 107.4%. The Min/Max cell voltages look good (both are equivalent). However, the Min/Max deterioration values have changed. The max det is at 4.7% on cell #95, and the min det is at 0.4% on cell #16. This is up from 0.1% from 2 months ago.
2015 Soul EV+ | 47k miles
2017 Bolt EV Premier | 52k miles

stroom
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Re: 2015 Soul EV: My Battery Replacement Story

Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:04 pm

What kind of program for android are you using? What is it called?

RubberToe
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Re: 2015 Soul EV: My Battery Replacement Story

Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:22 am

TorquePro, costs about $5. It's a bit challenging to download the codes the OBD device sends to the phone.

RT

stroom
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Re: 2015 Soul EV: My Battery Replacement Story

Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:45 am

Thank you.

Cliff
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Re: 2015 Soul EV: My Battery Replacement Story

Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:31 pm

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...

RubberToe
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Re: 2015 Soul EV: My Battery Replacement Story

Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:30 am

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...


Cliff,
I don't think it will necessarily matter which dealer you take it too. The less technical explanation is they will hook up to a port (OBD) in your car to check your battery state of health (SOH). This is what is discussed above. When your battery SOH drops below 70% is what triggers the warranty.

I'm currently at about 62 miles on a 100% charge, so I'm also getting close. You might want to wait a bit before heading into the dealer. If they test your car and it shows 71%, you might just have to wait a few more weeks for it to drop below 70% and trigger the warranty. Once the dealer test shows less than 70% you should either get a new battery (more likely) or they restore your battery to 70% by some means (less likely).

RT

Cliff
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Re: 2015 Soul EV: My Battery Replacement Story

Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:00 pm

RT:

Thanks - sounds like a plan.

larryw4csc
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Re: 2015 Soul EV: My Battery Replacement Story

Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:29 pm

Thank you, Kish, for the wonderful thread by a very informed consumer. I'm researching EVs before getting myself in too deep and regretful.

From your original post of your dealer ticket, I used Google to find out how much these parts would have cost you on this date. Kiaparts quotes them like this:
Battery Management System - $972.91
Pack Assy - Battery $15,568.50
Here in SC, there would be $1,819.56 sales tax on the parts
Total for just the parts $18,360.97
plus some awful labor charges.

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.....

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