The Kia Soul EV has earned an important certification for its whole-life environmental credentials.

TÜV Nord, an independent technical inspection organization, has certified the new Kia Soul EV according to the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) standard.

Kia explained the LCA examines the environmental impact of both the car and the overall manufacturing process throughout its whole life, taking into account factors such as choice of materials, tailpipe emissions and recycling.

Comparing the Soul EV to its diesel counterpart currently on sale in Europe, the zero-emissions electric vehicle scored particularly strongly for ‘Global Warming Potential’, emitting 39.7 percent fewer greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, over the whole life of the vehicle, stated Kia. The Soul EV also scored an improvement in ‘Photochemical Oxidant Creation Potential’, limiting the amount of smog created by the vehicle’s manufacturing process and by the vehicle itself throughout its life.

Kia said its first TÜV Nord certification was earned in 2008 with the first-generation cee’d, and this year’s certifications bring the total number of Kia models with ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) certification to 11.

The product development process employed by Kia aims to minimize the environmental footprint of its manufacturing operations, and all cars developed by the brand since 2006 have been built with the LCA in mind, stated the Korean company.

Kia explained this more environmentally-friendly development process covers five major steps:

  • Detailed physical analysis of the product during the development process to verify recyclability
  • Streamlining of the manufacturing process through improvements in use of materials and simplification of parts design
  • Use of eco-friendly materials
  • Utilization of 3D drawings at the design stage to verify recyclability
  • Application of a check-sheet to evaluate the vehicle’s environmental credentials throughout its lifecycle

The Soul EV being produced for both Korean and European markets has been ISO 14040-certified, with models for the North American market due to follow in August.