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by IanL
Thu Oct 21, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Buying a Kia Soul EV
Topic: IMHO Lease and NEVER buy
Replies: 3
Views: 4164

Re: IMHO Lease and NEVER buy

Just to reinforce that, my built-in-2017, supplied-in-2018 30kWh model has covered over 35,000 miles (56,000 km) and is still over 100% SOH, i.e. over 30 kWh. In Winter, the GOM says 120 (192), in Summer 145 (232) or a bit more. I always drive in B mode. The new-technology battery cells make all the...
by IanL
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:19 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: 20k km and no SOH reading yet
Replies: 3
Views: 619

Re: 20k km and no SOH reading yet

Yes, it would, as it is just expressing the actual battery capacity as a percentage of the nominal capacity, whatever that is. I have edited the original post to cover that point. On a separate issue raised by your usage, it is frequently stated that a 100% charge should be occasionally be performed...
by IanL
Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: 2016 Soul EV+ ... is my battery eligible for replacement?
Replies: 11
Views: 18978

Re: 2016 Soul EV+ ... is my battery eligible for replacement?

Did they tell you what SOH their test equipment reported?
by IanL
Tue Sep 21, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: News and Main Soul EV Forum Discussions
Topic: Rolling Up Level 1 Charger Cord When Not Using
Replies: 2
Views: 1055

Re: Rolling Up Level 1 Charger Cord When Not Using

I find it easy to do by treating it as a rope, and coiling it in my right hand, using the left hand to slide down the uncoiled length to a full arm stretch (less if you want a smaller coil) and then bringing it to the right hand. To avoid dragging it on the ground, just walk slowly forward towards t...
by IanL
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Technical Discussions for e-Soul
Topic: Charger door issues
Replies: 2
Views: 512

Re: Charger door issues

I don't know if my experience on a 2017 SoulEV is relevant to you, but I had a similar problem with my charging door. I sprayed the release mechanism and hinges with aerosol grease, and then sprayed with WD40. The WD40 contains a solvent which dissolves the grease, and makes the resulting fluid flow...
by IanL
Thu Sep 16, 2021 6:06 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: 20k km and no SOH reading yet
Replies: 3
Views: 619

Re: 20k km and no SOH reading yet

If you are in this situation, it is possible to calculate the SOH. After charging, reset the m/kWh (shows "--" when reset). Note the mileage and the battery %age if not 100%. At the next charge note the mileage and the battery %age before charging commences and note the m/kWh. Divide the d...
by IanL
Mon Sep 13, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Buying a Kia Soul EV
Topic: Battery SoH 18%?
Replies: 1
Views: 902

Re: Battery SoH 18%?

On the face of it, it doesn't look good, but it is possible that the displayed values are misleading because of lack of regular use. An important consideration is where the vehicle has been used. The 27 kWh batteries have suffered greatly in hot climates. What needs to be done is to run the battery ...
by IanL
Wed Sep 08, 2021 4:56 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Charging Fault error.
Replies: 339
Views: 401720

Re: Charging Fault error.

I would expect KIA to have learned from the initial crop of OBC failures and to have eliminated the causes, so the replacement should be far more reliable. Plus it has far fewer running hours than its predecessor. Should be a good bet. Of course, we are talking probabilities, so no guarantee.

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