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by notfred
Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Buying a Kia Soul EV
Topic: So I just test drove a 2015 Kia Soul EV
Replies: 28
Views: 26302

Re: So I just test drove a 2015 Kia Soul EV

I ordered mine in April and don't have a delivery date yet. The dealer said last week that they know they have 3 coming in, one of which is a base model that wasn't spoken for and I could drop down from the luxury to that one if I wanted. I want the heat-pump so declined. They also said Kia Canada i...
by notfred
Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:02 am
Forum: Buying a Kia Soul EV
Topic: So I just test drove a 2015 Kia Soul EV
Replies: 28
Views: 26302

Re: So I just test drove a 2015 Kia Soul EV

I think you are looking for a Tesla :) I can understand the limiting of power below 50kph, the Soul EV has super low rolling resistance tyres so why give full power when it is just going to result in wheel spin. Are you sure that turning off Vehicle Stability Control fully disables Traction Control?...
by notfred
Mon May 25, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Is reverse done by transmission or electrionic?
Replies: 4
Views: 6340

Re: Is reverse done by transmission or electrionic?

Thanks for this, good to know.
LFFarm, how did you get hold of the factory service manual?
by notfred
Fri May 22, 2015 5:04 am
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: "stiff suspension makes for an uncomfortable, choppy ride"?
Replies: 16
Views: 13844

Re: "stiff suspension makes for an uncomfortable, choppy rid

Standard UK voltage is 230V (not 120V like in the US) which is already Level 2--I'm not sure why charging at that rate would take 13 hours unless the amperage was somehow restricted low. Standard UK domestic sockets are 240V 13A as opposed to the North American 120V 15A. So very slightly lower amps...
by notfred
Tue May 19, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: brakes failed
Replies: 66
Views: 84397

Re: brakes failed

When she said "she couldn't get the car to brake" did she say why not? Did the brake pedal go to the floor? Was it up high and hard? If the pedal went to the floor then I would suspect the wrong pedal was pushed. If the brake pedal is high and hard then that's a classic brake booster failu...
by notfred
Sat May 16, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: brakes failed
Replies: 66
Views: 84397

Re: brakes failed

Most crash recorders are always on and holding the last few seconds of data by doing an overwriting loop through the memory. A big enough impact will stop it from doing the overwriting loop so that data can be captured. In your case if the impact wasn't big enough and I suspect the vehicle has been ...
by notfred
Fri May 15, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: brakes failed
Replies: 66
Views: 84397

Re: brakes failed

Demand a transcript of the crash recorder data. It should show what pedals were pressed and when.
by notfred
Fri May 15, 2015 5:46 am
Forum: Buying a Kia Soul EV
Topic: Insurance rates
Replies: 5
Views: 7641

Insurance rates

Just wondering how insurance compares on a Soul EV to an equivalent ICE car? Lower because EV drivers tend not to be lunatics? Higher because the tech is more expensive?
by notfred
Thu May 14, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Red Range Bars Started to Blink w/ Concomitant Loss of Range
Replies: 55
Views: 60551

Re: Red Range Bars Started to Blink w/ Concomitant Loss of R

I glanced through a Norwegian and a German Soul EV forum and found someone in Germany reporting the same issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQGpd8bk8NQ Here's the forum topic through the marvellous power of Google Translate: http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&am...
by notfred
Fri May 08, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Is reverse done by transmission or electrionic?
Replies: 4
Views: 6340

Is reverse done by transmission or electrionic?

I'm wondering about wear and tear on the "single-speed reduction gear" transmission and how many metal shavings end up in the transmission oil. Is the motor permanently connected to the wheels with reverse and neutral done electronically? Or is it all done as in a normal transmission? Pres...

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