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Trevor Collett | Nov, 13 2013 | 0 Comments

Kia has revealed it is developing an all-electric version of its small Soul, destined for a US debut in 2014, to be followed by other overseas markets.

The new EV will produce 82kW and 285Nm from its electric engine and is targeting city commuter sales with an estimated range of more than 120 miles (192km).

The EV will keep the same unique styling and front-wheel-drive platform of the all-new 2014 Soul, revealed earlier this year.

The Soul EV is equipped with a high-capacity 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, with an expected charge-time of five hours from a conventional household outlet and just 25 minutes on 'fast' charge with 100kW output.

Battery regeneration also takes place while the car is braking or coasting, and the Soul EV will be equipped with a CVT automatic transmission.

During testing, the zero to 100km/h sprint took less than 12 seconds, with a top speed recorded around 145km/h.

Due to the lack of engine noise, the Soul EV will be equipped with a Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS) for pedestrian safety that emits an audio alert at speeds below 12mph (20km/h) and whenever the car is in reverse.

The Soul EV will also feature a unique ‘Supervision’ instrument cluster along with an eight-inch display screen and aerodynamically shaped 16-inch alloy wheels.

"The new Soul EV will be at the forefront of Kia's 'Clean Mobility' program, which aims to provide environmentally-friendly vehicles to our customers around the world, when it goes on sale globally next year," Kia America's Orth Hedrick said.

"Although it is Kia's first globally sold all-electric vehicle, the Soul EV is our second-generation battery electric vehicle and significantly benefits from the in-depth knowledge gained during development of the Ray EV sold in Korea."

Whether the 2014 Kia Soul EV will ever come to Australia is unclear, although it is likely that production will focus on left-hand-drive markets.

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