Kia Soul EV world premiere at Chicago Auto Show

Today Kia unveiled the production-ready Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. Along with some updated and confirmed specs, we also get a good look at the production version of the Soul electric vehicle (even though the spyshots from earlier this week were pretty good too).

The Soul EV is powered by an 81 Kw electric motor that produces 109 horsepower and 210 lb-feet of torque. Kia says the 0-60 mph time is less than 12 seconds – not very awe inspiring, but should end up to be quite frugal on the electrons. The top speed is electronically limited to 90 mph.

Kia has chosen to partner with 3 EVSE providers – Bosch, Leviton, and AeroVironment to offer a wide range of options for customers. A 240-volt Level 2 EV charger will recharge the 27 kWh lithium ion battery pack in under 5 hours. Using the CHAdeMO enabled on-board charger and a high current CHAdeMO station, an 80% re-charge can be achieved in around 33 minutes.

The electric Soul looks very similar to the gasoline Soul, except for the closed off front grill and the more aerodynamic front bumper design.

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