Kia Soul EV Engineers Minimise Whole-Life Environmental Impact
Eco warriors: the Kia Soul EV has received its whole-life environmental certification. TÜV Nord – an independent technical inspection organisation - has therefore evaluated this forthcoming, fully electric, vehicle against the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment Standards. These relate to the environmental impact of the production process, how it performs on the road, and how effectively it can be recycled. On this basis, the Soul EV incorporates easily recyclable materials such as bio plastic and bio foam, etc. It has antibacterial materials and paint too. It also emits no carbon while in use as the electric motor burns electricity rather than petrol or diesel. The Kia Soul EV – which will be launched in the United Kingdom in the latter part of 2014 – is therefore more environmentally friendly than its diesel-powered sibling. As such, this zero emission vehicle performed better in the “global warming potential” category as it emits nearly forty percent less greenhouse gasses throughout its life cycle. Furthermore, it out-performed the diesel in the “photochemical oxidant creation potential” category that relates to smog creation. Such factors make this vehicle an appealing prospect for the drivers that want to minimise their impact on the environment - and that could help sales.
Kia Soul EV Overview
The Kia Soul EV is powered by an eighty-one kilowatt electric motor that produces two-hundred and eighty-five newton metres of torque. This power is sent to the front wheels via a single speed, constant ratio, gear reduction unit and propels motorists to sixty-two in about eleven seconds. That is respectable. Furthermore, the range is up to one-hundred and thirty miles which is class competitive. But be warned. Any electric vehicle's range can vary considerably. Influencing factors include the ambient temperature, terrain, what equipment is running, the motorist's driving style and how much weight is aboard. Once flat, this forthcoming model can be charged via a six and a half kilowatt unit in five hours. An eighty percent charge, in contrast, can be achieved within twenty-five minutes courtesy of a one-hundred kilowatt charger, or thirty-three minutes via a fifty kilowatt. The battery is stored beneath the cabin to ensure the car has a low centre of gravity. This – according to the manufacture - contributes to the “accomplished ride, handling and refinement”. But there is more. This workhorse looks more futuristic than most competitors, has a decent cargo capacity, plenty of standard equipment and – from launch – will be backed by a seven year manufacturer warranty. Clearly, the Soul EV is far more than an environmentally friendly gimmick for eco warriors.