Jim Stack wrote: Yes I located every soul EV owner in my area. All 14 owners and lease drivers had their battery fail and need replacing. That took from 1 to 2 months. Most failed in 1 to 2,years. Mine took until the 3rd year since I always charge Off Peak at night when it's cooler. I also charge,at 3 kw with an adjustable juice box to keep charging heat down.
All I want is to have,all automakers see that liquid cooling is good for long battery life.
I wish there was a,site with all the data and cars.
INTERTEK does testing and share info. They have 4 of the local Soul EVs and confirmed all 4 of theirs had failed.
I also talked to another person who has a small test fleet of 4 2015 SOUL EV. All 4 also had their batteries fail. They got replaced but no other improvement for cooling. They were turned in and are for sale in the area but will fail again and again.
We have seen many traction battery fails in the Phoenix area. We thinks it's from heat.
Mine takes 2 hours to charge the last 10% . Then when we drive even 1 mile it will drop 10 to 20 miles in range.
This same type of problem has happened to all 10 soul ev owners in my area after 2 to 3 years of use.
watch out for HEAT related battery pack and BMS failures. It's not good in the heat. ... In Phoenix we even had the controller shut down right in traffic and you can't move an inch.
took a month to get the battery replaced. Some have taken 2 months. They don't have any electric courtesy cars. Some have also had the OBC on board c harger fail. That also took months to get replaced. It's a great evening when new and if it doesn't fail. But they can't take the HEAT.
ignitedAZ wrote:I live in East Mesa and bought a 2015 Kia Soul EV about 3 months ago and have gone from 87 miles on a full charge, down to 70 in the hot heat of the summer. I have a service appt with Mark Kia in a couple weeks to hopefully up the range somehow.. fingers crossed.
Anyone else service their car with Mark Kia? Should I be going somewhere else?
Record-breaking heat across Arizona shattered temperature records Sunday ... Temperatures in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma broke daily records Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Phoenix reached 118 degrees (F)
Roderek Michael Soest wrote:My 2016 (21k miles) is getting a new battery. Got a rental for the time being ... degradation with car only showing a range of 40miles... I drive it hard with highway speed in legal excess of 80mph ... I got 15k miles on mine till it gave. Came from San Diego.
ignitedAZ wrote:Mark Kia was the only dealer I could find that would work on the Soul EV's and they did they trick. There were 3 updates that needed to be done and I left the place with the guess-o-meter showing a 103 mile range