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Range/Battery on a 2015 Kia Soul EV with 145,000km (90100 miles)

Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:47 am

I am considering buying a 2015 KIA Soul EV Wagon with 145,000km (90100 miles). My main concern is how much would the battery have degraded from having driven so much distance. Is there any way to measure it? Would I still be covered by the KIA battery warranty? I don't drive a lot so the post-purchase distance isn't going to be a lot (maybe 12000 km/year max), but the main reason for this purchase is to get more range than my current EV of 100 km. If it's going to be close to that, there's no point in buying this vehicle that is one year older.

Thanks a lot for your help in advance.

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Re: Range/Battery on a 2015 Kia Soul EV with 145,000km (90100 miles)

Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:35 pm

You need to say where you are, and where the car you are buying is from.

At 145,000km that car is almost out of warranty.

The battery capacity warranty has both a time and a date constraint. It is this warranty that has the 70% SOH usable capacity limit.

The Korean warranty is 10 years, 160,000km to 70% SOH.
The United States is 10 years, 100,000 miles to 70% SOH.
The Canadian warranty is 8 years, 160,000km to 70% SOH
Europe is 7 years, 150,000km to 70% SOH.
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Re: Range/Battery on a 2015 Kia Soul EV with 145,000km (90100 miles)

Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:05 pm

If you get the car for $1000 and put a new battery in you can get 140 km per charge in real world (non-hyper miling) conditions (winter will be 116km with snow tires).

Battery is $15,000 plus installation

So $20,000 with tax for a 4 year old car with 145,000km on the odometer...

These cars are not meant to be long commute cars. Highway driving kills them. If you live in a city and jaunt around for short distances it is perfect... but you need to build in the reduction in range that you WILL see as the car ages... so if you can happily live with 60km of driving per day then the Soul will last you a long time.
2016 Kia Soul
Eaton 30Amp Power Station charger
52,000kms and counting

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