Meet the next generation all-electric Kia Soul EV,a model that adopts an evolutionary approach to retain the funky spirit of the outgoing model. But underneath it is new and considerably more capable, particularly when it comes to its range since it comes with a battery more than twice the capacity of the outgoing model — we’re talking about 240 miles of range, up from just 111 miles!

The 2020 Kia Soul EV

The 2020 Kia Soul Doubles Down on Range- Literally
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Kia has upped the Soul EV’s battery capacity from 30 kWh to 64 kWh, which should bump up the range from the current EPA-estimated 111 miles / 178 km to as much 240 miles / 386 km. Its battery has an identical capacity to the long-range versions of the Kia Niro EV or the Hyundai Kona Electric, which have EPA-estimated ranges of 258 miles / 415 km and 240 miles / 386 km, respectively.

The Soul EV also borrows their electric motor that's rated at 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet / 395 Nm of torque.

Kia doesn’t mention how long it takes to charge up the battery, but the official blurb does state that “with Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charge2 as standard equipment, battery refills should be brief, so road trip fun can happily continue after only a short break.”

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Performance numbers are omitted from the press release, but we are informed that the Soul EV’s driver will get to choose between four driving modes: Eco+, Eco, Comfort, and Sport which, like in many EVs, don’t just affect the powertrain. They also change regenerative braking, climate control settings, and speed limiters in order to maximize either efficiency, comfort, or performance.

The exterior of the Soul EV is clearly an evolution of the current model, retaining its boxy stance, big, upright greenhouse, and floating roof design.

The front fascia is probably the most different, featuring slimmed down headlight clusters which get a full LED makeover, complete with daytime running lights.

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Inside Kia has given it a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, advanced driver assistance systems and an overall design that leaves you in no doubt that you’re sat in a modern Kia product complete with quirky design details and clever touches.

Kia will build the Soul EV in Korea and export it to other markets as of next year, and at launch, the car will also be offered as a posher limited edition Soul EV Designer.

That comes with goodies like a 10-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, wireless phone charging, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated non-animal leather front seats, and a two-tone paint finish.

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2020 Kia SOUL EV specifications

Electric Motor
Motor Type AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Motor
Voltage 356 V
Horsepower 201 hp (150 kW) @ 3,800-8,000 rpm
Torque 291 lb.-ft. (395 Nm) @ 0-3,600 rpm
Battery Type Lithium Ion Polymer Battery (LIPO)
Battery Voltage (V) 356 V
Battery Capacity (Ah) 180 Ah
Battery Energy (kWh) 64 kWh
Battery Power (kW) 170 kW
Weight 1,008 lbs.
Battery Cell Materials Nickel, Cobalt, Manganese (NCM)
Cooling System Liquid, via front-mounted radiator and A/C system
Transmission Type Gear Reduction Unit
Final Gear Ratio (Constant) 8.206:1
Max. Speed (mph) 104
Acceleration performance (sec)
0 - 62.1 mph 7.6
49.7 - 74.6 mph 4.8
Brake Performance (ft.)
62.1 - 0 mph 137 ft.

Further reading

2020 Kia SOUL Arrives With a Fresh Redesign That Doubles Down on The Quirkiness
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2020 Kia SOUL Arrives With a Fresh Redesign That Doubles Down on The Quirkiness

2018 Kia Soul Spyshots Exterior
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Kia SOUL.

2015 Kia Soul EV High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2015 Kia Soul EV.

2017 Kia Soul Turbo High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Kia SOUL Turbo.

2014 Kia Soul High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2014 Kia Soul.

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