querion
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No options for a Bike Rack?

Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:00 pm

My wife and I have recently become much more active in cycling during the summer months. We would like to start exploring some cycling tours beyond what can be reached with the bicycle from our own home but I am exceedingly disappointed to find that there are no bike racks or trailer hitches for the EV version of the vehicle.

I've spent about 30 hours in the last 3 weeks searching the web and phoning but to no avail.

Does anyone out there have a link to an option that works for the 2019 Soul EV?

IanL
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Location: Jersey, English Channel Islands

Re: No options for a Bike Rack?

Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:22 pm

My understanding is that KIA do not want the EV consumption figures to be discredited by towing or carrying things on the roof, so the dealers will say no. However, I believe the tow hitch attachment points are there on the EVs, so the hitch could be fitted. e.g. link

Also, the roof carriage accessories for ICE Souls with no roof rails will fit the EV. e,g, link

You would have to determine (or ignore) whether their use would be legal wherever you live.

notfred
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Re: No options for a Bike Rack?

Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:38 am

Here are a couple of threads where people have installed hitches on their Soul EVs
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=118&p=5159#p5157
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=930&p=8041

You need to cut some holes in the plastic aerodynamic cover underneath of the rear of the car but apart from that it should just bolt in just like on an ICE Soul.

MassDeduction
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Re: No options for a Bike Rack?

Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:47 am

IanL wrote:My understanding is that KIA do not want the EV consumption figures to be discredited by towing or carrying things on the roof, so the dealers will say no. However, I believe the tow hitch attachment points are there on the EVs, so the hitch could be fitted. e.g. link

Also, the roof carriage accessories for ICE Souls with no roof rails will fit the EV. e,g, link

You would have to determine (or ignore) whether their use would be legal wherever you live.

My local Kia dealer had no problem putting a hitch receiver on either a 2016 Soul EV or a 2021 Soul EV. They said a 2" receiver wasn't available, but a 1-1/4" receiver was (and I was fine with that). I explained that it was only for carrying bikes on a rack, not for towing.

querion
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Re: No options for a Bike Rack?

Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:10 pm

Thank you all for for the answers. I am not much of a DIY person, so I'll try to find a reputable dealer who is willing to perform this work for me. I would also assume that said dealer would be aware of any local laws that might prohibit this installation.

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