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2020 Kia e-Soul Battery and Performance details

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Re: 2020 Kia e-Soul Battery and Performance details

Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:17 am

I did a 300km round trip (150 slightly downhill and 150 uphill) and I used AC for at least 60% of the total time. My extrapolated range was 490km. The range at 100% was showing as 505km so I am fairly confident that I could reach 500km on a full charge. The cost in Ontario at the cheapest charging rate was 0.008 per km so less than a penny. Driving it was great fun and the pickup on the highway is excellent for me. Felt very solid and stable. Range anxiety has been diminished for me for sure.

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Re: 2020 Kia e-Soul Battery and Performance details

Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:27 am

gday wrote:I did a 300km round trip (150 slightly downhill and 150 uphill) and I used AC for at least 60% of the total time. My extrapolated range was 490km. The range at 100% was showing as 505km so I am fairly confident that I could reach 500km on a full charge. The cost in Ontario at the cheapest charging rate was 0.008 per km so less than a penny. Driving it was great fun and the pickup on the highway is excellent for me. Felt very solid and stable. Range anxiety has been diminished for me for sure.


Sounds fantastic!

It really seems that KIA has nailed the requirements for an EV that most people could adopt tomorrow without range concerns at all, and without sacrificing performance, ability to cruise at typical highway speeds, etc.

Now they just need to make them a lot more readily available and ideally lower the price some. :)

gday
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Re: 2020 Kia e-Soul Battery and Performance details

Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:49 am

Agreed 100% re. the price and availability ksoul2084. I still feel the car manufacturers are in a REAL bind. Their dealerships are going to be hit if they move to electrics fast and the cars they have just released e.g. Telluride have obviously been in the works for years with expected sales for many years. Move to electrics fast and you shoot yourself in both feet! Move too slow and you lose market share. I feel Kia has hit a great balance in the 2020 Soul but demand is easily outstripping supply right now - hence the high prices - little real competition does not help either.

Add the issue re. a battery shortage as auto makers develop the cars and you have a recipe for chaos I think. Of course they could have seen this coming but I bet pollsters guessed wrong!

This video about the batteries is a bit academic at times and wordy but gives the best overall view of the industry I have seen to-date.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0RCZVY9Dvk&t=2342s&fbclid=IwAR0f5DFuNm4KuMHVBOUdXkYAHJtgIbgewRs5HRdS-zjxh6fXS15H8j559BU

I certainly feel one of the fortunate ones - luck more than skill! :-)

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