The Chevrolet Bolt EV has a new rival in the ever-growing affordable electric-car segment. This week, range estimates revealed the 2020 Kia Soul EV will go 243 miles on a single charge.
For those keeping score at home, that’s five miles more than the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Though, in the grand scheme of things, it likely won’t make much of a real-world difference. Still, the Soul EV earns the bragging rights fair and square.
The Soul EV features a 64-kilowatt-hour battery pack and is closely related to the Hyundai Kona EV. However, it shares its battery pack with the Kia Niro EV. It’s a major leap forward from the previous car’s 30-kwh battery pack, which gave the car just 111 miles of range. The boxy EV will also sport 100-kw DC fast charging, which will charge the battery to 80 percent in about an hour.
On a more common Level 2 charger, charging a dead battery will take around nine hours. Those who decide a standard wall outlet is the way to go, they’ll have to wait 59 hours for a full charge.
The Bolt EV has seen few updates since the first cars were delivered at the end of 2016. It’s unclear what kind of lifecycle the model has as General Motors plans to make Cadillac its electric-car spearhead. The luxury division will receive the first EV built on the automaker’s BEV3 platform, a scalable architecture for electric cars. GM also promises the platform will help it sell profitable EVs for the first time.
As for the Soul EV, Kia plans to start shipping the boxy EV out to dealers this spring. It’ll also have a whopping 291 pound-feet of torque on tap to spin the front tires with ease.