Kia Soul Electric named to ACEEE’s Greenest Vehicle Top List
Every year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) makes a list of the greenest cars available. This year’s list was made up of 12 vehicles, nine of which were completely electric. The 2016 Kia Soul EV earned the honor of being named on this list. The Kia Soul Electric features and capabilities help to make it one of the greenest cars available today.
This is the first time the electric Kia Soul was named to the list, and the first time since 2009 that a Kia has made the list. Checking it at the number seven spot, the Soul beat out competing vehicles like the Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Jetta and the Chevy Volt.
Kia Soul EV 93-mile range
At the core of the 2016 Kia Soul EV is a 27 kilowatt-hour lithium ion polymer battery. The battery is charged through two ports, AC and DC, behind a sliding grille panel. The AC port can use a household-grade current of either 120 or 240-vol. The DC port can handle up to a 480-volt current that can change up to 80% of the battery in half an hour. Kia is looking to expand the available of DC charging stations. When fully charged, the Kia Soul EV has a range of 93 miles.
The interior of the electric Soul has a variety of standard and available features. These include:
- Keyless ignition and entry
- Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary connectivity
- Rearview camera
- Navigation system
- Kia Uvo touchscreen infotainment system
- LED lighting
- Leather upholstery
- Parking sensors