I would really like to collect some back to back acceleration measurements of our Soul EV against my parents' Leaf. Perhaps even a drag race
fanbanlo wrote:even when floored, power/torque is only on full after 50km/h. Where's the instant low-end torque that it promises?
Neither the Soul EV nor the Leaf feel like they have much torque compared to my other cars. I'm used to driving fast cars, not economy-minded hatchbacks.
When car reviews speak of EVs instant torque I think that they must be referring to throttle response, not off-the-line power from a stop. With a single-speed transmission and uniform torque from low rpm to high, using the throttle (for passing, etc) is a very consistent experience. It's the opposite experience from a peaky VTEC engine, for instance.