Kia is hard at work on a new electric version of the 2015 Kia Soul, which is set to arrive in the U.S. next year. On the outside, the 2015 Soul EV will look almost identical to the standard Soul, and thanks to its new all-electric powertrain and lithium-ion battery, it will be able to travel over 120 miles between charges.

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Prototypes of the 2015 Soul EV are currently undergoing testing. Kia has revealed that the Soul EV is powered by a 109 horsepower electric motor with 210 lb-ft of torque. The motor delivers power to the front wheels through a single speed constant ratio gear reduction unit and accelerates the Soul EV from 0-62 mph in less than 12 seconds with a top speed of around 90 mph. Recharging times for the Soul EV are up to five hours using a standard 240 volt outlet or 25 minutes with a “fast charge” 100 kW outlet.

The changes to the 2015 Soul EV’s exterior are minimal, with the biggest additions being projection type headlamps, LED positioning lamps, LED rear combination lamps and aerodynamic 16-inch alloy wheels. Inside the vehicle features a unique instrument cluster and center stack with an eight-inch display screen. The interior components and trim will also use an increased range of recycled, low-VOC materials including Bio Plastic, Bio Foam, Bio Fabric and Bio PET Felt and newly developed antibacterial materials and paint.

+ Kia