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Battery Swap: 2018 Kia Soul EV Gains Range

Battery Swap: 2018 Kia Soul EV Gains Range

Kia has quietly made some important changes to the 2018 Soul EV. The company has apparently changed out the lithium-ion battery pack in the Soul, giving it more range and efficiency.

The folks over at InsideEVs first noticed the changes on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website. The website shows that Kia has increase the battery capacity on the Soul EV from 27-kWh to 30-kWh. A larger pack, naturally, means additional range.

The EPA range for the 2018 Soul EV has increased to 111 miles, this is up from 93 miles on previous iterations.

This change marks the first significant modification to the Soul EV since launching nearly four years ago. Thanks to advancements in battery technology during the Soul’s duration on the market, Kia likely found it fairly easy to squeeze additional capacity into the same dimensions of the old battery pack.

It was apparently easy enough that Kia has left the price tag of the 2018 Soul EV unchanged from the 2017 model, meaning the base price still comes in at an affordable $33,950.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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