mtndrew1
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2018 Kia Soul EV EPA Range

Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:41 am

The 2018 Soul EV's range has been certified by the EPA at 111 miles. Combined MPGe has risen from 105 to 108 MPGe and consumption drops from 32 kWh/100 miles to 31 kWh/100 miles.

A large part of the range increase was the deletion of the 80% charge option; if this option is present then 80 and 100% SOC will be averaged for the window sticker number. As such, the '15-'17 Soul EVs would have had a 100% SOC EPA range of ~103 miles. The '17 Soul EV omitted the 80% charge option but Kia didn't pay to have the car recertified until the '18 model year.

So in reality the '18 Soul EV picks up eight miles of real EPA range and 3 MPGe.

This info can be found at fueleconomy.gov. In some screens you just select the regular '18 Soul and the EV is then a sub-selection, in others the car is now listed as "Soul Electric."

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Re: 2018 Kia Soul EV EPA Range

Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:06 pm

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Here's the EPA screen you mentioned.

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Yes. They have removed the 80% option and that accounts for some of the change. But the real changes are equally / more important.

The actual increase in usable battery energy capacity is 11% (from 27kWh to 30kWh)
This is achieved by
Increasing the number of cells by 4% (from 192 to 200 - was 96 cells pairs now 100)
Improving the cell capacity by 7% (from 75Ah to 80Ah)

The 2018 Soul is also more efficient because of the higher voltage, But weighs more because of the larger battery.

It would be interesting if someone with a 2018 could provide some detailed battery stats via Torque.
The codes for using Torque Pro can be found by clicking the link in the website icon under my user name on the left.

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