Kia is set to join the fully electric vehicle space this year, with the fresh-faced 2015 Soul EV. The all-electric Soul made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this month, and Autoblog west coast editor Michael Harley had a chance to speak with Orth Hedrick, Kia's vice president of product planning, about the new electrified hatchback.

In its standard form, the Kia Soul offers tons a wealth of functionality with its upright packaging, and with a new 81-kilowatt electric motor underhood, the electric vehicle should be good for between 80 and 100 miles of driving range. Charging times vary from as long as 24 to five hours, depending on your setup, and Kia is partnering with Bosch, Leviton and AeroVironment to provide different charging solutions, depending on a customer's specific needs.

Take another, closer look at the 2015 Kia Soul EV in the video, below.
2015 Kia Soul EV: 2014 Chicago Auto Show


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      Anderlan
      • 2 Days Ago
      "Unless you go to like a Tesla level, there's not really a market change in range to get that for cost per additional capacity." My response to him on that: HOW WOULD YOU OR ANYONE KNOW, YOU HAVEN'T OFFERED A 125 or 150 MILE CAR YET??
        Anderlan
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Anderlan
        I mean, several models dropped several thousand dollars in one year. You'd think there'd be room for extra battery offerings to fill out that old price level during the next generation redesigns (or for totally new models like the Soul EV).
        JakeY
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Anderlan
        The obvious reason why they don't offer it is because the ZEV regulation only awards you 1 extra credit if you get 200+ miles of UDDS range. It's not worth it to try to attempt that when you get 3 credits for a ZEV with 100+ miles of UDDS range.
          JakeY
          • 2 Days Ago
          @JakeY
          @raktmn The issue is two fold. One is just getting one extra measly credit for double the range (CARB should offer 2 extra credits and it'll make a huge difference). Second is that CARB should have went with the idea of going with a sliding scale (it was considered but not taken up in the final rules), because it would reward automakers even if they don't quite hit that 200+ miles. Right now if you get somewhere between 100 and 200 you don't get rewarded beyond the 3 credits, so automakers would rather stick closer to the 100 side than to the 200 side.
          raktmn
          • 2 Days Ago
          @JakeY
          What Hyundai/Kia see in this car is $15K worth of ZEV penalties they avoid by each one they sell in California, or avoiding paying around $6-8K to buy the same number of ZEV credits from Tesla. I guess the more the merrier, it is good to see another EV to choose from. But it would be nice if more than just Tesla offered longer ranges and better performance.
          raktmn
          • 2 Days Ago
          @JakeY
          I couldn't agree more.
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Days Ago
          @JakeY
          absolutely right. When an automaker brings a vehicle to the U.S. market... CARB's rule using UDDS (aka LA-4) really makes the range decisions. Tesla was very different since they were going for Battery Swaps to attain the 7 credits.. and also the acceleration needed to make the car compete with gassers in the same class required a large pack too.
          raktmn
          • 2 Days Ago
          @JakeY
          Bingo, especially since this is Hyundai/Kia's CARB ZEV compliance car built specifically to meet ZEV requirements for California and a select few other markets (California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland). Other green websites are reporting 0-60 performance that is spectacularly slow at around 12 seconds (even slower in Eco mode). Who knows, maybe it will do better than the Ford Focus EV, but I wouldn't bet money on it.
      EVdriver
      • 2 Days Ago
      An EV with a bulky stick shifter??? Failed.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 2 Days Ago
      Sorry but all I can say is for those of you who don't want this car, you truly have no Soul and you probably never will. It's okay, their are many Soulless people out their. See what I did their?
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 2 Days Ago
      Sorry but all I can say is for those of you who don't want this car, you truly have no Soul and you probably never will. It's okay, their are many Soulless people out their. See what I did their?
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Days Ago
      "offers tons a wealth of"
      • 2 Days Ago
      As a small car victim, does not look safe to me in a crash!
      Koenigsegg
      • 2 Days Ago
      no thanks
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