The Kia Soul EV is now feeling its age a little in terms of driving range. However, it is still a good proposition for those coming into the EV market thanks to a recent styling refresh, and an electric powertrain that is happier at motorway speeds than many of its rivals. An official range of 132 miles and real-world figures a little above 100 miles, the Soul EV is also a very practical car because of its boxy shape and crossover foundations. Eligible for the plug-in car grant, with up to £4,500 off the cost of buying a new Soul EV, Kia customers will also probably be able to get £500 off the installation of a home charge point thanks to the EVHS.
Next Green Car says: “The Soul EV which proves eminently capable across a broad range of uses”
Find out more in the below Zap-Map Kia Soul EV charging guide.
Kia Soul EV Range
Official NEDC Range
Kia Soul EV132 miles
Kia Soul EV106 miles
Kia Soul EV Charging inlets
The Kia Soul EV uses two charging standards for its inlets. The two sockets on the vehicle available to use with charge point connectors or cables are Type 1 and CHAdeMO. The first deals with slow and fast charging, while CHAdeMO inlets only deal with rapid charge points.
|Type 1 – Slow & Fast||CHAdeMO – Rapid|
Kia Soul EV Charging times
Below is a table showing approximately how long it will take to charge a Kia Soul EV. Times are for a 100% charge for all but rapid charging, which is quoted at the usual 0-80%.
It is worth noting that these times are only a guide as very rarely will an EV driver want to charge from 0%, preferring instead to keep some battery charge in hand. Other factors that might vary the charging time – either reducing it or extending the time taken – include the issue of battery capacities having upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as maximum charge approaches.
The Kia Soul EV is fitted with a 6.6 kW on-board charger for all applications apart from Rapid 50 kW DC. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a higher maximum output, the Soul EV will only be able to accept up to 6.6 kW.
|Rapid 50kW||Fast 22kW||Fast 7kW||Slow 3kW|
|25 mins - 0-80%||4 hours - 0-100%||4 hours - 0-100%||9 hours - 0-100%|
How much does it cost to charge a Kia Soul EV?
The table below shows a high level estimate of cost to charge the Kia Soul EV’s 27 kWh battery pack at home or where a charge is made on the rapid charge network – many public points are free.
|Type||Cost/kWh||Cost to charge*||Cost per mile^|
|Home Economy 7||7p per kWh||£1.90||1.8 p/mile||Home Standard||11p per kWh||£3.00||2.8 p/mile||Public Rapid||£3 fee + 17p/kWh to 80% charge||£6.60||6.2 p/mile||Public Rapid||30p kWh to 80% charge||£6.50||6.1 p/mile|
* Approximate cost to charge a Kia Soul EV from 0% to 100%. Actual cost dependent on charge remaining, usable battery capacity, and age of battery pack.
^ Cost per mile calculated on real-world range for a more accurate figure than one based on official figures.
The Kia Soul EV should only cost around 1p-5p per mile to run, though that’s with a number of variables in your favour. Expect a cost of 2p-6p per mile for a more accurate real world cost, presuming that the majority of charging is done at home. Prices for a full charge are almost a worst case scenario, with very few drivers leaving their Kia Soul EV to get down to 0% charge before plugging in. In reality, costs will be around 80% or less than the above figures.
According to a Zap-Map survey, more than 80% of EV drivers charge their car at home, making it an important aspect of owning an electric vehicle. The most common level of charge for an EV to get down to before being charged at a public point is 21%-30%, with 60% of drivers surveyed starting charging between 11% and 40%. Only 11% of drivers regularly see a charge of 0%-10% before they start charging.
Charging a Kia Soul EV on public networks
The Kia Soul EV is able to be fast and rapid charged from public points, depending on network coverage. Fast charging will require a Type 1-to-Type 2 cable, often supplied with the vehicle. Rapid charging uses a CCS connector which is tethered to the charge point.
Costs vary network to network, but you can find out more by clicking on the button below, taking you to Zap-Map’s public network pages.
Charging a Kia Soul EV at home
Buying a Kia Soul EV will likely entitle you to an Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant. This will give you up to £500 off the cost of a fully installed charge point at home. Certain criteria need to be met, and off-street parking needs to be available too.
Costs vary depending on installer and charge point chosen, though you can find out more information by clicking on the button below.
Customers can buy an OLEV approved charge point from any supplier, as long as it is also fitted by an OLEV approved installer in order to qualify for the EVHS. There are a number of different points and prices on the market so it is worth shopping about beforehand so you know what’s on offer.
How to charge a Kia Soul EV
The Kia Soul EV is available with two charging standards – both found behind a flap in the centre of what would normally be a car’s grille.
The left-hand socket is for the Type 1 connector, which is for the leads used when charging at home or in public. This cable will have a Type 1 connector at one end to plug in to the Soul EV, and either a typical three-pin plug for any UK mains socket, or a Type 2 connector at the other.
This Type 2 connector is used for home charge units and public charge points as the standard across the UK and Europe, allowing drivers to access charge points on the move.
The right-hand socket is for the rapid charger CHAdeMO connector. This will be tethered to the rapid charger units so you don’t need to take the cable around with you.
Charging using either socket requires the user to simply plug the connectors into the correct port, before the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at home or at some work place charge points, there is no further need to activate the charging process.
In public though, there will usually be an activation process needed. Depending on the charge point provider, this will usually be an RFID card or smartphone app, often linked to an account you have already set up. Once activated, the car and charge point will have the same ‘conversation’ as when plugged in at home, before starting the charging process.