The All-Electric Kia Soul EV SUV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Kia soul electric SUV EV
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 64 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 450 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric Kia Soul EV SUV

Kia Corporation, the South Korean automotive manufacturer is fast developing a portfolio of lower emission ‘eco’ vehicles, to include zero-emission battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids.

The Korean automotive company is headquartered in Seoul, and it is South Korea’s second largest automotive manufacturer after the Hyundai Motor Company. Hyundai owns a 33.88% stake in Kia. The Kia Corporation has been active in the European markets since 1991. The BEVs and PHEVs range includes:

Like the Kia e-Niro pure electric car, the Kia Soul EV SUV has been positioned for ‘affordability’ and ‘value’. Of course, as one would expect, there is much in common between the two pure electric compact crossovers SUVs from Kia. Kia started developing the all-electric Soul SUV in 2013 and the electric vehicle (EV) was unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

It is worth noting that unlike the all-electric Kia EV6, the Kia Soul EV has not been developed on a dedicated EV platform. Despite this constraint, the pure electric car has a decent proposition on offer for families keen to migrate to emission-free electric driving.

The Soul electric vehicle (EV) is available in one battery size (64 kWh), with a claimed zero-emission electric range of up to 450 km (WLTP). Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the Soul EV should be able to deliver over 380 km on a fully charged EV battery. This is above average compared to other pure electric cars of a similar age.

It is also worth noting that despite the narrative on ‘range anxiety’, the average distanced travelled in a day is a mere 50 km. With a fully topped up EV battery, the Soul EV delivers an electric range that can be used for an entire week, if the day-to-day needs are local commutes. Of course, if motorway driving is involved, the EV will need to be charged more frequently.

We encourage EV owners to charge their electric cars on a regular basis. This way there is always ‘juice’ available and the time to recharge is shorter. Moreover, regular charging is good for the overall maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Kia offers a warranty up to 7 years or 160,000 km.

The EV is capable of up to 100 kW DC rapid charging, with a 7.2 kW AC onboard charger as standard. At 100 kW DC, the electric SUV can be charged up to 80% in 54 minutes and at 50 kW DC it takes 1 hour 15 minutes to fully charge the EV battery. With the fast developing electric car public charging infrastructure, finding a rapid charging station on the way has become less challenging.

The 7 kW AC onboard charger is also appropriate, given that the majority of homes in Ireland are powered by single-phase power supply. The EV can be fully charged in 9 hours and 35 minutes via a dedicated residential EV charger like myenergi zappi. Though the EV can be charged using a domestic plug, we at e-zoomed discourage using a 3-PIN domestic plug to charge an electric car. In any case, it will take up to 29 hours to fully charge the battery via a 3-PIN plug!

Some helpful tips for home charging include: charge the electric car overnight, when the electricity prices are cheaper. Use solar energy generated at home to charge the EV (green energy is good energy!) Depending on the cost of charging, the cost per km for an EV will be between 5 cents and 10 cents. Substantially cheaper, compared to driving a conventional petrol or diesel car. Moreover, electric cars have zero-tailpipe emissions i.e. lower local air pollution!

The EV is practical and versatile. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, with ample legroom and headroom. Standard specification includes: 7″ OLED display cluster, 10.25″ touchscreen satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, reversing camera system, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keep assist system, lane follow assist, blind spot detection, driver attention warning and more.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive (FWD) Kia Soul EV is decent. It will not set the heart racing, but it gets the job done, despite the additional weight of the EV battery (457 kg). The Kia Soul EV can achieve 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds (max power: 201 bhp/ 395 Nm torque). The top speed of the EV is 167 km/h.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

An affordable pure electric family SUVOnly available as front-wheel drive
Decent pure electric range (450 km)Boot space is limited
DC charging up to 100 kWExterior styling may limit appeal


The All-Electric Kia Soul EV SUV (credit: Kia)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:SUV
Available In Ireland:No

Variants (1 Option)
Kia Soul EV (from € N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 64 kWh
Charging:100 kW Rapid DC Charging (10%-80%: 54 mins). Onboard charger: 7.2 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs 35 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:7 years or 160,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1605
Width (mm):1800
Length (mm):4195
Wheelbase (mm):2600
Turning Circle (m):10.60
Boot Capacity (L):315

Soul EV
EV Battery Capacity:64 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):450 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):157
Charging:100 kW Rapid DC Charging (10%-80%: 54 mins). Onboard charger: 7.2 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs 35 mins)
Top Speed:167 km/h
0-100 km/h:7.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (bhp):201
Torque (Nm):395
Kerb Weight (kg):1,757
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Ireland: EV Market Overview

As is the case in a number of global markets, to include, the European Union and the United Kingdom, the sale of electric cars in Ireland is also fast gaining momentum. In 2022, a total of 23,356 new electric cars were registered in Ireland. BEVs commanded the highest market share (67.13%), between the different types of electric cars, with PHEVs commanding just over 30% market share. The majority of the plug-in hybrids registered were petrol plug-in hybrids, with only very few diesel plug-in hybrids registered.

We can expect this trend to continue, given the significant increase in electric range, affordability and choice of pure electric cars in Ireland. Top EV brands in Ireland in 2022: Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia, BMW and Volvo. Other popular electric car brands include: Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot and Audi.

In January 2023, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), accounted for over 20% of all new cars registered in Ireland. A total of 3,674 BEVs and 1,900 PHEVs were registered. The all-electric IONIQ 5 was the best-selling EV in Ireland in January 2023.

The government has set a target of 936,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, with 845,000 to be private passenger cars. This will be approximately a third of the vehicles on roads in Ireland (currently there are 2.8 million vehicles on the road). Like many other governments, Ireland is committed to ending the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2030.

The government is committed to the rapid adoption of electric cars in the country. The Department of Transport has committed€100 million for EV subsidies in 2022 (almost double the commitment in 2021). The grant for private electric vehicles is up to€5,000 on qualifying battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), do not qualify for the electric vehicle grant.

Top 5 Electric Cars (2022) Market Share (%)
Volkswagen ID.412.77%
Hyundai IONIQ 54.99%
Tesla Model 34.47%
Kia EV64.09%
Volkswagen ID.33.96%

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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