Can the Soul EV really attain its official UK homologated range of 132 miles? Next Green Car gave it a try.
To prove the homologated range of 132 miles of the Soul EV, Kia Motors UK set up a real-world range test, neutrally conducted by external eco and green car experts, Next Green Car.
For reference, in the U.S., the Soul EV has an EPA-estimated driving range of 93 miles and MPGe of 92 miles on the highway and 120 miles in the city (105 miles combined).
Navigating the highs and lows of Somerset and Wiltshire’s cities, towns, villages and countryside, a specially designed route was planned to ensure all types of road and traffic environments were included. Bristol’s bumper to bumper traffic, huge descents and ascents of sweeping countryside road network, busy A and B roads, plus the high speed demands of the M4 were all part of the route to ensure real world accuracy, and to replicate many consumers’ daily journeys, stated Kia.
Bringing further authenticity to the test, Kia said the weather was not favorable. With an average temperature of 8 degrees centigrade (46.4 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the day, coupled with both light and heavy rain, it dampened performance slightly, triggered heavier traffic and used more battery power for on board heating, windshield wipers and headlights. In addition to these factors, Kia said the driver was using satellite navigation, heated seats and radio, as with every day driving.
Result: the full range achieved on this test was 125.3 miles, with a conservative estimate of a further nine miles shown on the display; for a total range potential of 134.9 miles.
Kia added a diagnostics report run on the vehicle soon after the test showed the battery still had 13 percent battery remaining, which equates to 15 miles when calculated against the homologated range of 132, meaning a realistic potential range of 140.3.
The Korean company added it believes there were more miles to be had considering the Soul EV’s regenerative braking system, teamed with available driver controlled functions to extend range – limited use of on-board electronics, air conditioning, driving frugally etc.