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The Kia Soul EV 39 kWh is a full electric vehicle (BEV). The maximum power of the Kia Soul EV 39 kWh is 100 kW (134 hp). The maximum torque is 291 lb-ft. The Kia Soul EV 39 kWh is front wheel drive and can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 9.6 seconds. The top speed is 97 mph.
The battery of the Kia Soul EV 39 kWh has an estimated total capacity of 42 kWh. The usable capacity is 39.2 kWh. An estimated range of about 145 miles is achievable on a fully charged battery. The actual range will however depend on several factors including climate, terrain, use of climate control systems and driving style.
For example: sustaining high speeds in cold weather could result in a range of around 100 mi. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the range to around 215 mi.
The estimated combined (motorway and city) energy consumption of the Kia Soul EV 39 kWh is about 270 Wh per mile. By comparison, this energy consumption is the equivalent of a fuel consumption of 150 mpg in a traditional petrol car.
The actual energy consumption will depend on several factors including climate, terrain, use of climate control systems and driving style. For example: sustaining high speeds in cold weather could result in an energy use of around 390 Wh per mile. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the efficiency to about 180 Wh per mile.
The Kia Soul EV 39 kWh emits no CO2 during driving. This only includes direct emissions from the vehicle itself. The energy needed to charge the battery might have been (partly) generated by the use of fossil fuels. Vehicles with an internal combustion engine will always emit CO2 during driving. Additionally, CO2 is emitted during the production and transport of fossil fuels.
As they have no gearbox, clutch or combustion engine, EVs offer a smoother and quieter ride than petrol or diesel cars. Their lower centre of gravity and different 'skateboard' chassis mean easier handling and greater flexibility too. Instant torque and a simpler powertrain give EVs the advantage when it comes to taking off from a stop position. This means that 0-60 figures can be exceptional and hill starts are never a problem. Some of the fastest cars in the world are EVs.
Running costs are far cheaper than those for a car with a traditional petrol or diesel engine. When it comes to charging, a rough estimate (which assumes you charge your EV at home at the cheapest overnight rate) puts the cost of charging a fully electric vehicle at 2p per mile compared with 16p per mile for the average petrol or diesel car. However, charging costs will be even cheaper, of course, if you use your FREE zeVie charging card at your chosen provider's public charging stations or take advantage of the free charging offered at some supermarkets, workplaces, shopping centres and elsewhere. As electric cars have far fewer moving parts than traditional cars, they will also be far cheaper to service and repair and are far less likely to break down. The numerous government incentives on offer also make an EV cheaper to run. These include free parking in many places and exemptions from Road Tax and Congestion Charges.
EV manufacturers are now offering warranties of up to eight years and 100,000 miles for batteries. Some predictions give electric batteries a lifespan of at least 200,000 to 300,000 miles.
The network of EV chargers in the UK is extensive and growing rapidly by the day. At the time of writing there are over 10,330 public charging locations in the UK with more than 28,000 connectors. Approximately 25 new charging stations are currently being installed every day.*
* statistics supplied by https://www.zap-map.com