ksoul2084 wrote:Makes zero sense. How is Tesla (and other EV manufacturers) able to keep their adjustable charge limit feature without affecting their range ratings?
Seems more like there was a some additional effort required that KIA couldn't be bothered with.
The charge limiting option is back in the 2020 and newer Kia Soul EV. To avoid being range-limited by the EPA you have to make limiting your maximum charge completely optional, and be careful how you talk about it in the manual. Any recommendation of using the charge limiting feature could trigger the EPA to downgrade your rated range, apparently. But Kia apparently got all their ducks in a row for the second-gen Soul EV. On these newer Soul EVs you can choose in the menus whether you want to charge to 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%. 90%, or 100%. Nothing in-between those (so you can't charge to, say, 55% or 65%, without using the same timing tricks people use to charge to something other than 80% in a 2019 or earlier Soul EV), but that's a super minor complaint.
It's nice to go for a drive, and set it to charge up to 50% when you get home. Or, if you'd prefer to give the car time to let the cells settle-down first so that the BMS can get a more accurate reading of each of them, tell it to wait 90-100 minutes before commencing the charge to 50%). Sometime after it hits 50% and stops charging, you can set it to start charging again at the last convenient moment before you want to actually next use the car. If you have a decent home charger that can charge at the full 7.2 kW the Soul EV can accept over AC charging, and you don't know when you'll be using the car next, you can just leave it plugged in but set to only charge to 50%, and simply raise the max charge level to 60% or higher when you next decide to use the car and let it top itself up while you get yourself ready to go.
I don't see why these features couldn't be rolled out to older Soul EVs through a software update, but I don't think that's a big part of what Kia does unfortunately. I expect with the newer E-GMP cars and their over-the-air updates, however, we will see more of that.