jray3 wrote: ↑Fri Aug 12, 2022 6:10 pm
SOULSPY says I’m now down to 40.5% SOC and range has been falling like a rock, rarely above 50 miles at 100% SOC in the past week, so I’m turning it in for a rental tomorrow, which I’ll keep for the months ahead till my SOUL is whole. Took all week to get a car lined up due to low inventory at Enterprise. Nope, they wouldn’t turn over the keys for that EV6 on the lot!
Heck, I’d settle for a new Niro EV…..
Similar story here. I haven’t yet turned ours in for a rental car, though I did discuss that with the folks at Kia of Puyallup this past Monday. In order to do that I have to leave the car there, and was told that there is some delay in getting a car from Enterprise….though a week seems a bit daunting.
My GOM range on a full charge is down to 35 miles and seems to drop about 1 estimated mile with every attempt to do a full charge. I am finding that a Level 3 DC charger (my usual one at Fred Meyer in Redmond) pretty much stops charging at ~72%, and even level 2 charge rate tapers off dramatically for the last 10% or so. When the battery was still above 70% SOH, the level 2 charge times reflected the lower usable capacity (3 hours to full instead of 4) but now that is no longer true.
Last time I heard from Kia corporate, my battery was somewhere between having been built in Korea and arriving in port in California. I was told at the time (about three weeks ago now) that they were fulfilling mid-June replacement battery orders, so I could expect mine to be available mid-September.
I don’t know how much more we can milk it before I give up and have them get me that rental. We’ve begun only charging to 80% overnight, even though that gives a GOM range of 26 miles in the morning.
I also got a fright climbing a hill a few days ago. I was going up the west side of the valley at 55 mph on a fairly steep hill — one that has always been fun to scoot up in the Soul — when the car dropped into turtle mode and reduced power. I was 2/3 of the way up the hill and in the left lane when this happened. Scary. Once I got to the top, no more turtle mode and I haven’t seen it since. I have also noticed that regen on a downhill is flaky. Clearly the BMS is trying really hard to protect that weakest cell (#24).
I sure hope that when the new battery finally gets here I have similar results to those of you who have gotten new, better batteries installed.