The funky Soul electric car gets 243-mile EPA range rating.
Kia Soul EV has received a major makeover for the 2020 model year. Fully-redesigned from ground up, the popular crossover vehicle retained its boxy look, but gained a vastly improved electric drivetrain technology!
There are several important things that every potential buyer of the new 2020 Kia Soul EV should know before making a purchase. To make your learning process quicker, we have compiled a list of most important facts and specifications of the new car.
Among others, we have taken a closer look at the available trim levels in US, MPGe figures, official range, charging times, battery capacity, horsepower ratings, weight and towing recommendations.
Let’s dive into more details now and learn some cool facts about the battery-powered Soul crossover.
2020 Kia Soul EV trim levels in USA
|Soul||Trim levels (U.S.)|
|Fully-loaded||EV Designer Collection|
In the U.S., the 2020 Soul electric vehicle comes available in two unique trim levels, the entry-level EV and the fully-loaded EV Designer Collection. While they differ in pricing (to be announced soon), color options and available convenience features, there are no differences between the two specification-wise.
Driving range & efficiency
|City||127 MPGe||271 miles|
|Highway||101 MPGe||215 miles|
|Combined||114 MPGe||243 miles|
The second-generation Kia Soul EV boasts an EPA-rated 243-mile driving range on a single charge! That’s a significant increase from the previous generation model, which delivered “only” 111 miles when fully charged.
Longer range has been achieved due to the use of a bigger, 64 kWh battery pack that the Soul boxy car adopted from the Niro EV sibling, and improved efficiency of the complete electric drivetrain.
Horsepower & torque
|Electric motor||EV (base) & EV Designer Collection|
|Horsepower||201 hp (150 kW)|
|0 – 62 mph||7.6 seconds|
|Max speed||104 mph|
Under the hood of the zero emission Soul crossover you’ll find an electric motor that delivers 201 horsepower and 291 lb.-ft. That enables the vehicle to sprint from 0 – 62.1 mph in 7.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 104 mph.
Battery capacity & weight
|Battery||EV (base) & EV Designer Collection|
|Type||Lithium Ion Polymer Battery|
|Voltage (V)||356 V|
|Capacity (kWh)||64 kWh|
The official specs sheet reveals that the 2020 Kia Soul EV incorporates a battery with the size of 64 kWh. Manufactured by the SK Innovation from South Korea, the lithium ion polymer battery weights 1008 lbs.
|Charging||EV (base) & EV Designer Collection|
|On-board charger (OBC)||7.2 kW|
|Charging time: level 1||59 hours (120V)|
|Charging time: level 2||9 Hours 35 Min (7.2 kW)|
|DC fast charge (to 80%)||75 Min (50 kW) / 1 Hour (100 kW)|
The new Soul electric vehicle comes with combined charging system (CCS) DC fast-charging standard, which reduces the need for daily charging and enables shorter charging times. The standard on-board charger in the Soul EV is rated at 7.2 kW.
It takes around 9 hours to fully charge the car at home, while 50kW or 100 kW fast chargers shorten this period to 75 minutes and 1 hour, respectively.
Curb & Gross weight
|Weight||Base EV & EV Designer Collection|
|Curb weight, min (lbs.)||3,715|
|Gross weight (lbs.)||4,806|
The 2020 Kia Soul EV weights 3,715 lbs, which is slightly more than the gasoline counterpart. That is due to the 64 kWh battery that’s fitted underneath the car.
|Towing||EV (base) & EV Designer Collection|
|Towing capacity||Not recommended|
The official specifications document also mentions the 2020 Kia Soul EV towing capabilities. It clearly states that towing with all-electric Soul isn’t recommended!
While we are confident that the new Kia Soul electric car is capable enough to pull a small trailer on short distances, we wouldn’t recommend doing that as owners could void the Kia Soul warranty!