Kia is bringing an all-electric car to market, the all-new Kia Soul EV.
The Soul EV, which will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show from 4 March 2014, is based on the recently-launched second-generation Soul.
It will become the brand’s first globally-sold electric vehicle when production starts in the second half of 2014.
Kia says that the Soul EV is capable of a driving range of around 124 miles on a single charge.
The vehicle features a number of energy-saving technologies that reduce load on the battery and increase maximum driving range. These include new advanced heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technologies, including a world-first ‘driver-only’ individual ventilation system, four-mode regenerative braking and a battery heating system.
Kia will also display a hybrid system consisting of a 48V lead carbon battery connected to a small electric motor, increasing the engine’s power output. The battery also supplies energy to an electric supercharger, which increases torque and power at low engine speeds.
The hybrid powertrain can drive a car in electric-only mode at low speeds and while cruising, while the battery is recharged under deceleration. The technology also acts as a zero-emissions stop-start system.
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