Kia Soul EV Range to Be Extended for 2018 Model Year
With the long-range Chevy Bolt EV coming out soon and the Nissan LEAF to get a big range boost, Kia is stepping up the Soul EV’s battery life. The Kia Soul EV range will most likely go up from 93 miles when the 2018 model is released next year, though there’s no official word yet on what the new range will be.
The Kia Soul will most likely see a mid-cycle refresh for the 2018 model year, and with it a new powertrain and more miles. Soul EV drivers have reported that it’s possible to get up to 100 miles on a charge, this is still much less than the Bolt or any Tesla model, which can go over 200 miles without charging, and still a bit less than the highest mpg of the LEAF, which is 107 miles. The Soul EV’s 85-mile range was competitive when it was introduced in 2015, but the electric car market is flying forward.
Luckily, the extended-range LEAF won’t come out until next year either, and the Bolt will only be a little ahead of the LEAF and the new Soul EV. If Kia does give a big boost to the range, keeps pricing as low as it has been, and keeps the design that has become so popular since the Soul was released in 2008, the Soul EV is sure to be great competition in the EV market.