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Kia Soul EV Challenge: 264.5 km without stopping!

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Published at Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 04:21:17 AM by Leonard J. Martinez. KIA.

Hipsters we like to look for splitting hairs see the other side of the coin and find a different point of view in each analysis and testing. And in the case of new electric that are coming to market interest for those who want to put in house vehicle with this technology is none other than the actual number of miles you can do with it. And that is no more and no less the epicenter of this story already become challenging.

Because I do not deny that although the primary purpose with which we began testing was achieved at least overcoming real autonomy the real aim was simply to beat the records that had already been achieved with the Renault Zoe-here goes the link - which as we put on the ropes stretching their energy as much as 25 percent on the figures reported by the manufacturer. Yes we are now facing a bigger wider and heavier more powerful and more kilos car battery but it is also true capable of storing more and better energy from lithium polymer cells with an energy density practically twice the normal battery.

Kia Soul EV As always no laboratory tests special conditions or closed circuit. So like Zoe the Kia Soul EV also subjected to the same loop in Madrid opened to traffic therefore under conditions of actual movement and speed that absolutely go incognito in real traffic.

Prime numbers. Or first hours of use the first full day exhausted first before loading batteries charging again to begin a day filled with uncertainties. And it seems easy the quality with which wheel this Soul is not free isolation and refinement of BMW i3 worth a handful of kilos with which such treatment yy get pleasure driving charge. And if you gleanings paths saved in the historic trip computer can not find encouraging figures. With a simple rule of thumb we can place: keeping the average consumption of Soul in not exceeding 12.5 kW / 100 km could achieve real autonomy figures; to exceed 260 km have to reduce energy consumption below 10 kWh / 100 km but 90 percent of the records reflecting the computer were above the 16 kWh / 100 km.

Although the cold is one of the great "virus" for an electric EV Soul fights it by a temperature stabilizer their batteries during charging. Also we run from early morning to get going once at least was the sun who manages heat the passenger compartment because obviously circulated to all expendable supplies disconnected air conditioning included. We set route with 130 km of theoretical autonomy an outdoor temperature of 11 degrees and a pace that at least cover 50 km per hour speeds at which the refined Soul can make you feel sluggish although their 29 Nm of torque and 81 kw ensure capacity reflections praise worthy as evidenced figures of no better than Renault Zoe overtaking but the very rapid Nissan Leaf.

Kia Soul EV So far only had to be accumulating kilometers with softness and advance as possible to be able to have a more realistic view of the situation and estimate how far he could take their energy reserves. It is true that in such meticulous traffic conditions and driving the Soul will not let down our guard: such is their strength retention priate you lift the accelerator pedal you require constant pressure on him even in those areas favorable path which with a normal car do you take advantage of sailing and to stretch the odd muscle. In return the B leaning gearshift mode with greater regenerative effect and therefore more yet-restraint and taking good distances you need only use the brake pedal except in an emergency or final phase arrest.

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He dropped the first third of energy reserve to 105 km covered indicating sufficient autonomy to only 77 km more ... Something other'm not doing well. Either that or the Soul EV not play sensing a possible change in driving style and rhythm not to give false hope that they can leave you in the lurch. After almost three hours we had spent half of battery: 160 km already covered and hope that indicated 60 km could give more of themselves. Indeed so it is their "comfort zone" in which the energy seems endless because for another whole hour rolling the battery indicator and autonomy looked like a still photo.

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Fourth hour just driving in we left behind the official figure of autonomy to enter however in the conflict zone where the remaining energy cells begin fall to a less progressive rate. Satisfied with the primary objective of the test so we were launching the challenge: overcoming 263.7 km made by Zoe are not exactly walking distance but if the 9.5 kWh / 100 indicating the trip computer they are reliable energy reserves should be to achieve it. Half an hour of driving under intense concentration and soon the first messages appear advising find the nearest point of recharge so as autonomy was beginning to look like a countdown going narrowed the radius of our journey to be increasingly near our headquarters. The boundary separating the challenge in a world record and we surpass the Soul EV mode limited power and speed crossing the barrier of writing Carsnight.com virtually puffs but with no less than 264.5 km covered.

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