One of the main reasons people hesitate to take the plunge and buy an electric car is range anxiety. Range anxiety (informal noun): The feeling of worry when you’re driving an electric car that the battery will run out before you reach your destination or find a charging point. Kia hopes to make range anxiety a thing of the past with its lineup of hybrid cars and plug-in hybrids. Today we’re going to look at the Kia Soul EV. How long does the 2016 Kia Soul EV battery last?
2016 Kia Soul EV all-electric range
The entire Soul EV lineup offers an EPA estimated range of 93 miles. To put that in equivalent terms to miles per gallon, the Soul EV’s MPGe of 92 miles on the highway and 120 miles in the city combines for a total of 105 MPGe. That’s best-in-class range, and it’s the result of the state-of-the-art 27 kWh air-cooled lithium ion polymer battery, located under the floor of the Soul EV.
The Soul EV can be charged up by plugging it into any standard 120v outlet or a conventional 240v EV charger. The vehicle has two charging ports, a SAE J1772 port for Level 1 and Level 2 AC, and a CHAdeMO DC fast-charging port (480v). The ports are hidden behind a sliding door in the front grille. When the battery is totally spent, recharging can take 24 hours using a standard 120v outlet or less than five hours using a 240v outlet. And with a 50 kW-output DC fast charger, you can zap your Soul EV from empty right up to 80-percent charged in as little as 33 minutes.
2016 Kia Soul EV battery warranty
Another concern for EV car shoppers is the lifespan of the vehicle’s battery. After all, batteries usually wear out and need to be replaced, right? Not to worry, because the electric vehicle system warranty on Kia hybrid and electric vehicles is just as strong as Kia’s normal warranty. The EV system is covered for 120 months or 100,000 miles from the first service, whichever comes first. That includes the battery pack, electric motor, gear drive unit, electric power control unit, onboard charger, the works.
Don’t be confused if your owner’s manual says the battery is only covered for 24 months. That’s only referring to a hybrid vehicle’s traditional 12-volt car battery, which is an exception because it isn’t made by Kia.
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