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I have a 2015 Soul EV that got a replacement battery under warranty.
This thread is for analysis of that battery.

In late July 2019 I bought a second 2015 Soul EV.The initial reading was 84.8% SOH. It had done 75,000km.



By October 2019 the SOH on that car had dipped below 70% and a replacement battery had been authorized. In 3 months I had driven 6,500km The SOH dropped 15%. Shockingly rapid!



In late December 2019 I had my replacement battery put in. In the 10 weeks I waited for the replacement I continued driving the car. I added another 5,500km. Oddly no further battery degradation was seen.
The new battery cells came in a large wooden crate. The battery case, the BMS, the wiring harness etc were all reused. The original cells were put into the crate and were sent back to SK Innovation.



The new battery continues to have 96 cell pairs, but these are now the MY2018 version. An upgrade from the E375 to the E400.



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This manual is for the Kona EV and the new Ioniq EV
It is much the same as ours, but I'll replace it when I find ours.
PDF: Official Hyundai EV battery replacement procedure

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Here's a couple of preliminary guesses at the pack's capacity. Based on the possible increase in the energy density of the cells from 37.5Ah to 40Ah. (Cell pairs in parallel have double this.)

A technical description of the E400 cell is here :- APR13 : Energy Storage - Advanced Battery Development
(for SK Innovation E400 see printed pages 35-37, on screen pages 13-15)

  • Validation of power density with over 600W/L and specific discharge and charge powers of over 460W/kg and 480W/kg
  • Development of 40Ah cell with 230Wh/L and specific energy 150Wh/kg
  • Successful life performance with over 2,000 cycles (expected)
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I have no evidence what the new capacity of my battery pack is, nor how big the 'early-years' buffer may be.
But for now I will guess that updated BMS continues to work as before and that we have a 10% 'early-years' buffer.
The 'early-years' buffer will be lost first before any loss of usable capacity.
There is also a safety buffer that will never be lost.

I will also make a guess that the values for energy capacity have increased in the ratio 40 / 37.5
The original battery cells were 37.5Ah and the new ones are 40Ah. (Cell pairs in parallel have 75Ah and 80Ah)
These numbers suggest my new battery pack is a 28.8 kWh usable pack. That difference in size would increase my range by about 15km.
Over the last month I estimated the readings on the GOM to be about 20km higher than for a comparable 27kWh pack.
I'll wait for warmer weather in the spring to do more extensive testing.

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I have just tested the capacity of the new battery and now believe it to be bigger than I guessed just above.
By charging from 9.5% to 100% I loaded 27kWh into the battery. (Using Torque CEC - Cumulative Energy Charged values.)
This suggest my battery is 29.83kWh. About 30kWh.

I am now guessing that instead of maintaining a 10% 'early-years' buffer, the new battery maintains a buffer of the same capacity as before.
In the 27kWh cars the 'early-years' buffer is 10%. That would be 2.7kWh.
The actual total capacity was 30.5kWh, hence the safety buffer is 0.8kWh.

Using the same guess that the values for energy capacity have increased in the ratio 40 / 37.5
The total capacity of the new battery is 32.5kWh.
If the buffers are kept the same size, (not same proportion) then the usable capacity is now 29kWh.

The two guesses for usable capacity 28.8 and 29kWh both seem too small given the GOM reading of 197km.
A third guess would be 30kWh, based on the capacity I just charged the car, which is also what the service techs suggested it would be.

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JejuSoul said:
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The two guesses for usable capacity 28.8 and 29kWh both seem too small given the GOM reading of 197km.
A third guess would be 30kWh, based on the capacity I just charged the car, which is also what the service techs suggested it would be.

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I would expect 30kWh, which is fantastic news!

Thanks for keeping us updated.
 
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Using the GOM to estimate battery capacity is not the best method. But certainly the easiest.
I really should do proper range testing. That is something I want to do when the weather is warmer. (about 20C).
For now I'm just watching to see how far it goes over the next 3 or 4 days until I need to charge it again.
After 3 days use I have driven 105km, the SOC shows 50%, and the GOM shows 96km left.

My blue Soul EV just charged to 158km on a full battery.
In the last few days the climate, driving style, places driven are all roughly the same as the white car.
The blue Soul EV has an estimated SOH of 94%. Implying it has 25.38kWh of usable capacity left.
In charging from 13% to 100% I added 23.8kWh. This implies a 100% charge would take 27.25kWh.

The numbers do not seem reliable.
I think I can show why the energy required to charge a degraded battery is no longer easily calculated.
But I do not know why comparing the GOM figures on these two cars is so unreliable.

Anyway if I did use the comparison of the two GOM numbers.
The ratio of the battery capacities would be 197 / 158
If the blue Soul EV has 25.38kWh of usable capacity left, then the white soul EV has 31.65kWh.

This seems too large. A 2018 Soul EV has 30.0 kWh of usable capacity. It has 100 of the E400 cell-pairs.
If all the buffers were the same this would imply a replacement battery is 96/100 * 30 = 28.8kWh
This was my guess 1 above, which I rejected because the reported GOM figure seems higher than if this were the case.

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Looking at the charging data from Torque.

Both cars drew 28.7Amps from the wall at 215V.
The Blue Soul EV took 3.85 hours to charge from 13% to 100%. The energy going into the OBC = 23.6kWh
The White Soul EV took 5.1 hours to charge from 9.5% to 100%. The energy going into the OBC = 31.6kWh



The energy going into the battery must always be less than the energy coming from the wall.
Above is an instant value. For the calculations I use averages from the entire charging session.

For the The Blue Soul EV the overall energy efficiency was about 85%, hence the energy actually going into the battery = 20.0kWh
This is a much better number than the previous calculation. (It cannot be 23.8kWh - that number is greater than the amount pulled from the wall.)

The values in the Cumulative Energy Counter are not to be trusted in a degraded battery.


The EWP cooling system came on after about 90minutes in both cars and stayed on.

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Repeating the calculation I did earlier but this time with a much lower value for the battery capacity of the older car.

The blue Soul EV has an estimated SOH of 94%. Implying it has 25.38kWh of usable capacity left.
But in charging from 13% to 100% I only added 20.0kWh. This implies a 100% charge would take 22.99kWh.

Also It seems that the range loss in winter for a degraded battery is more than the deterioration numbers suggest. A new battery suffers less at cooler temps. I'll have to wait a few months to see if the range on the blue car comes back faster than for the white car. That's my best guess at the moment.

So if I did use the comparison of the two GOM numbers.
The ratio of the battery capacities would be 197 / 158
If the blue Soul EV has 22.99kWh of usable capacity left, then the white soul EV has 28.66kWh

Again this value is close to my guess 1 above
 
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Some more guesses this time based on range data.

Over the last few days I drove 170km. The SOC displayed dropped from 100% to 20%. Average temp was about 10C.
The Energy Consumption displayed on the instrument cluster was 7.6 km/kWh. I had reset this at the start.
So another guess of usable battery capacity: (170/0.8) / 7.6 = 27.96kWh

The GOM showed 42km left. The GOM is guessing I have a range of 212km at this point.
From previous experience I know that the GOM underestimates the range.
But you only find this out by driving down to a low battery state, which I don't like doing.
Hence I am guessing that the actual range I can drive at these temps and speeds is greater than 212km.

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Using Torque to measure the energy going into and out of the battery I use the formula.
Overall Energy Discharged - Energy Charged by Regen = 80% of the usable battery capacity.
(34.7 - 10.7) / 0.8 = 30.0kWh

The two times I have calculated the usable battery capacity using the actual numbers given by the BMS, once when charging and once when driving, the value I get is almost exactly 30.0kWh , which is also what the service techs suggested it would be.

If this is correct then the actual capacity of an E400 cell is 41.67Ah not 40Ah.
The actual usable battery capacity of a MY2018 Soul EV would be 31.25kWh not the 30kWh it has always been assumed to be.

Looking at the values for Cumulative Current I see that :
CCC increased from 1097.9 to 1172.0 when charging by 90.5%, which would give the cell's energy capacity as 40.93 Ah.
CDC - regen increased by 68.7Ah when driving 80%, , which would give the cell's energy capacity as 42.94 Ah.

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For what it's worth, https://www.evspecifications.com lists the "30kWh" model as 31.8 kWh, but useable capacity 30kWh. Perhaps there is 1.8 kWh "at the bottom" which is not used, i.e. the car shuts down at that point? I think it hinges on whether the SOC refers to usable capacity, or "entire" capacity. It should relate to useable, but one wonders how well the software engineers are briefed - errors abound.

I have given up on relying on Kia's documentation. I have a Spec sheet for the 2017 model (July 2017) which states the battery has 192 cells and 30kWh. I think they probably forgot to update it for the number of cells, but it illustrates how you have to take everything with a pinch of salt.
 
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After 6 months my car with a replacement battery still shows 110% SOH. It has lost 0.1% from Max and 0.0% from Min.
This GOM reading is higher than when the car was new.

 
JejuSoul said:
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After 6 months my car with a replacement battery still shows 110% SOH. It has lost 0.1% from Max and 0.0% from Min.
This GOM reading is higher than when the car was new.

That's fantastic!

Looking forward to seeing how mine works out in this harsh Canadian climate.
 
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Another test of the replacement battery.

I drove 90km today using 40% of the battery.
It was 32C and I had the air-con on the whole time.
Drove mostly at 80km/h. The energy consumption was 7.5km / kWh.

These figures suggest I can get 225km from a 30kWh battery.

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That sounds reasonable. My equivalent values are 6.9km/kWh and 214 km. That's with lots of hills and an average speed of about 32 km/hr, mostly without heating or aircon.

What are you using to get SOH? Would it work with a 2018 model?
 
90km only using 40%? :shock:
90km and I've got maybe 20% left with no A/C use and mostly around town driving..

I had mine looked at earlier this week, but haven't heard back from them yet. Really hoping Kia approves it this time around vs having to go back in a few months to have it done again. According to SoulSpy I'm anywhere between 67% - 71% as it keep bouncing every time I calibrate it.
 
IanL said:
...What are you using to get SOH? Would it work with a 2018 model?...
I have a 27kWh Soul EV with a replacement battery. It has 96 updated cells, and an updated version of the BMS.
The new usable capacity seems to be 30kWh.
On both the original battery and the replacement, the BMS has PIDs which show Maximum and Minimum deterioration from a capacity that is usable capacity + early years buffer.

The 2018 Soul EV has 100 cells, and a different version of the BMS. The usable capacity is 30kWh.
It does not have these 2 PIDs.
All Hyundai / Kia electric vehicles share the same BMS; with the exception that the 27kWh Soul EV has the extra PIDs. for Maximum and Minimum deterioration.
 
im currently going through the process with Kia Canada to try and get a new battery, currently only getting 58KM on a full charge with 115,558
km on odom. hoping i get one of these 2018 batteries here. that would be a bonus
 
Hopefully in the next while I'll get to join the club of getting a new battery replacement. So far the ordeal has been quite the test of my patience, but hopefully today is the final step before getting approved.

It took 3 days to get a hold of the dealership and had I not known what others have shared here, I would have been passed off as "there's no error light, so everything's fine." non-sense. So Kia took my car in to do their scans and something that was only supposed to take a few minutes ended up taking the entire day. Whatever, I work all day so it didn't matter. After that, they told me that they had to wait for Kia to get back to the them - fair enough. Two weeks and nothing from them, so I call..

Dealer: Yeah, they wanted us to do more scans
Me: ..well when were you going to tell me that?!
Dealer: We can take you in at 2. (It's noon, I'm at work and my job is on the road)

So after getting my friend to do me a huge favor, they scanned it, updated the BMS and called me to tell me it's ready.

Dealer: All good to go!
Me: Is there anything I need to know?
Dealer: Nope, the tech did an update and now everything is fine.
Me: Schedule an appointment for Monday morning, because it most certainly isn't okay.
Dealer: ..okay.

Took the car in this morning and I got the sense that they really didn't think the scan would reveal anything (and frankly had I not ensured that the BMS recalibrated, it wouldn't have) only to have the tech act surprised when the reading is worse than before. I was told the same story: Kia has to take a look at the data and will get back to them with how to proceed. However he really tried to downplay the idea that they'd replace the battery - no error codes, it's high mileage (still in warranty) and still works fine, yada yada yada.

I've clocked ~146,000km and am at ~65% SoH - they damn well better replace the battery!

Wish me luck.
 
EVDee said:
Hopefully in the next while I'll get to join the club of getting a new battery replacement. So far the ordeal has been quite the test of my patience, but hopefully today is the final step before getting approved.

It took 3 days to get a hold of the dealership and had I not known what others have shared here, I would have been passed off as "there's no error light, so everything's fine." non-sense. So Kia took my car in to do their scans and something that was only supposed to take a few minutes ended up taking the entire day. Whatever, I work all day so it didn't matter. After that, they told me that they had to wait for Kia to get back to the them - fair enough. Two weeks and nothing from them, so I call..

Dealer: Yeah, they wanted us to do more scans
Me: ..well when were you going to tell me that?!
Dealer: We can take you in at 2. (It's noon, I'm at work and my job is on the road)

So after getting my friend to do me a huge favor, they scanned it, updated the BMS and called me to tell me it's ready.

Dealer: All good to go!
Me: Is there anything I need to know?
Dealer: Nope, the tech did an update and now everything is fine.
Me: Schedule an appointment for Monday morning, because it most certainly isn't okay.
Dealer: ..okay.

Took the car in this morning and I got the sense that they really didn't think the scan would reveal anything (and frankly had I not ensured that the BMS recalibrated, it wouldn't have) only to have the tech act surprised when the reading is worse than before. I was told the same story: Kia has to take a look at the data and will get back to them with how to proceed. However he really tried to downplay the idea that they'd replace the battery - no error codes, it's high mileage (still in warranty) and still works fine, yada yada yada.

I've clocked ~146,000km and am at ~65% SoH - they damn well better replace the battery!

Wish me luck.

i had to go back for retesting scans as well, they did the BMS update and it said 140km range for a week or so and then its back down to 56KM on a full charge . got my battery replacement approved waiting for the battery to arrive to dealership
mine says 44% soh
 
battery replaced this week
here is the part info

PARTS------QTY---FP-NUMBER---------------DESCRIPTION--------------------UNIT PRICE-
1 37510E4250R PACK ASSY-BATTE
 
Perhaps this is a stupid question, but how do you decide when it is time to replace your battery under warranty?

The warranty for my 2015 Kia Soul EV says it will replace the battery when range drops below 70% within first 10 yrs. Mine has almost 35,000 miles on it, and the max Range (after a full charge), which used to be over 93 miles (EPA rating) is now only 65 - which is approximately 70% of 93.

Is there another stat I should be using to determine replacement time, and if you have personally has the battery replaced, did you ask for replacement as soon as it dropped below 70% -- say, 69% -- or did you wait until it dropped further?
 
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