Hi! I'm new to the forum, been in the market for an EV for quite some time, originally from Canada, we had hesitated due to the "sparse" charging infrastructure there...
I recently immigrated to New Zealand, which has an amazing charging infrastructure, and extremely high petrol prices, so with those things combined, I finally decided to buy my first EV here.
So I bought an imported UK model 2016 Gray Soul EV, with 7500km on it (which I thought was fantastic mileage).
Anyway, wanted to say hi, introduce myself, and ask: Is there anything I should immediately be checking/doing on the car? Any "must-have" upgrades/hacks/tweaks? etc.
Being a UK model the Android Auto upgrade is unfortunately not possible (already tried to manually download, etc, car won't take it).
I already have a OBD2 Bluetooth device for Torque on order, and will be using Torque Pro to monitor the battery, etc.
So far, the GOM is giving me 135km range on full charge. But I drove around town for a total of 20-30k and it took me down from 100% to about 94%, so that seems to be good... I'm not going to be using it for any long trips at all, so I'm planning on normally not charging it beyond 85%. I have no electric in the car-park at my apartment, so I have to rely on public charging infrastructure. Good thing is many of the CHAdeMO fast chargers in town are free to use, so that's handy.
In town even many of the motorways have a speed limit of 80Kph, so generally the driving patterns in-city, and even on high-way should be good.
I seem to be averaging 15.8Kwh/100km right now.
It's unfortunate that the NAV doesn't work in NZ as the local NZ market doesn't sell the Kia Soul EV, so you can't get the official maps from Kia, and the UK map data won't work of course. (it actually didn't even come with an SD card). There are other Kia models with local nav, so maybe it's possible, but I don't expect to have much luck with Kia on that.
Anyway, so far found lots of great bits of info on the forums.
Anything else I should be looking into?
Thanks in advance!