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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.

Kia Soul EV


We must admit to having a soft spot for the 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 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 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 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!

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