Since the Kia Soul EV‘s UK launch in October 2014, its homologated range of 132 miles has been a positive talking point as it brings a new benchmark to its class.
To prove this statement of excellence, Kia Motors UK set up a real-world range test, neutrally conducted by external eco and green car experts, Next Green Car.
Navigating the highs and lows of Somerset and Wiltshire’s cities, towns, villages and countryside, a specially designed route was planned to ensure all road types 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.
Bringing further authenticity to the test, the weather was not favourable. With an average temperature of 8 degrees centigrade 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, screen wipers and headlights. In addition to these factors the driver was using satellite navigation, heated seats and radio, as with every day driving.
The video, which features all elements of the test and includes regular reference to the on-board trip computer and range expectation display, explains the results in full.
The full range achieved on this test was 125.3 miles, with a conservative estimate of a further nine miles shown on the display; equalling a total range potential of 134.9 miles. A diagnostics report run on the vehicle soon after the test showed the battery still had 13% battery remaining, which equates to 15 miles when calculated against the homologated range of 132, meaning a realistic potential range of 140.3. The likelihood is there were more miles to be had considering the Soul EV’s intelligent regenerative braking system, teamed with available driver controlled functions to extend range – limited use of on-board electronics, air conditioning, driving frugally etc.
Since the Kia Soul EV’s launch in October 2014 it has impressed with its class leading battery technology, homologated range, high level of equipment, excellent driving experience and everyday practicality. This range test not only proves the Soul EV is fully capable of its stated performance figures, but also that it operates above expectation in normal UK road conditions and scenarios.[source: Next Green Car]