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Kia testing wireless charging for Soul EV

Kia testing wireless charging for Soul EV

The Kia Soul EV is one of the most interesting electric vehicles out there. It's
certainly the most visually appealing and the easiest to live with. At least we
think so. So we greeted the potential for wireless charging positively when we
heard it from Kia last week.

Charging is
the only real downside to electric vehicles. Improvements in battery technology
is slowly addressing the range issue, leaving charging as the single Achilles
heel of electric cars. Kia is well aware of this which is why it is trying to
make it as easy as possible to get your juice.

Kia and
Hyundai have teamed up with Mojo Mobility and the U.S. Department of Energy to
develop wireless charging for their EV line. They aren't the only automaker
working on this, but they do seem to be a way along their development cycle.

Currently
in phase one, Kia have built a system that can run at 110kW with an efficiency
of over 85%. In this iteration, the car has to be lined up exactly to achieve
efficient charge. Phase two will tackle vehicle misalignment and hope to
improve efficiency to 92%.

Production
of the system is still a way off, but some form of wireless charging is
expected within the next few years. Given that it's the last big hurdle for
true acceptance of electric vehicles, we think it cannot come soon enough.

2015 Kia Soul EV

We must
admit to having a soft spot for the 2015 Kia Soul EV. It's a cool looking car
that brings electric driving to the masses without compromising anything for
price. It's a stylish four door hatchback that is great around town, practical
and fun to drive. All in a competitively priced package.

It uses a
81 kWh electric motor with 27 kWh of lithium-ion batteries. Fully charged, the
2015 Kia Soul EV will get around 93 miles out of a single charge. That is
currently the furthest of any production electric vehicle.

Charging is
taken care of by an onboard 6.6 kW charger which takes energy from regenerative
braking to further the range and from two charging ports at the front. One can
handle domestic AC electricity straight from the socket while the other handles
DC current. The DC port can charge the batteries up to 80% in 33 minutes
according to Kia.

The 2015
Kia Soul EV comes with 15 inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, automatic
lighting, keyless entry and ignition, auto climate control, heated front seats,
special EV instruments, and a multifunction display. There are also lots of
options to truly personalize your car.

Overall,
the 2015 Kia Soul EV is in a class of its own. It can go further than the
competition, looks better, is easier to live with and makes sound financial
sense. Well, we think so anyway!

Check out
the 2015 Kia Soul EV at Kia of Hamilton, 1885 Upper James St, Hamilton ON, L9B
1K8.

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