Kia’s Orth Hedrick on the Kia Soul EV on Driving the Nation

Kia’s Orth Hedrick on the Kia Soul EV on Driving the Nation

Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about the Kia Soul EV that is scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2014. The Kia Soul EV will be Kia’s first all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) which will go on sale in California first. Kia introduced it’s all-electric version of the Kia Soul at the Chicago auto show.

The econobox is made with bio-friendly materials. That includes plastics created from sugar cane and corn.

You can use the head unit or a smartphone app to pre-heat or pre-cool your Soul EV while it’s still plugged into a charger. This improves your driving range in the Kia Soul EV because the Soul EV isnt using battery power to adjust the interior temperature. of the interior. While driving you capture regenerative braking which helps the battery recover kinetic energy and maximize range. The Kia Soul EV can be refilled at any outlet including Level 1, Level 2, or DC Fast Charge.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.