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On 3/13/2019 at 9:02 PM, NattyB said:

Just checking in on Kia Soul EV drivers here. I’m new. That’s what I drive. I’m located in DC. 

I hope to be a 2020 64kWh Soul EV driver quite soon - north of Toronto Canada.

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I am an e-Soul-2020-driver since yesterday (64kWh). Super Fun! Tomorrow I am going for the first trip that need fast charging. 400 km one way. There are a couple 100kW chargers along the way. Nice experience, I beleive?

On 5/30/2019 at 4:00 AM, gday said:

I hope to be a 2020 64kWh Soul EV driver quite soon - north of Toronto Canada.

 

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I hope all went well on your 400km trip. Did it work out?

I too am proud to be driving a 2020 Soul EV now and it is great. A new new experience and I am enjoying the learning that comes with an EV.

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I admire the people who took the plunge before the longer range model came out. I knew it could be a challenge for me so I waited for the 2020 model and range is unlikely to be an issue. Apparently it will be available in the US next year.  I am actually amazed that I seem to be averaging 450km range even with AC on most of the time. I am keeping fairly good notes about charging etc and will do so throughout our Canadian winter.  I am trying to use ABRP whenever it makes sense and it is certainly a very useful tool for planning. The beta version for my car is conservative and that is good for a rookie like me!

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Hello All

We bought our 2020 Soul ev on May 13 and are loving it even more as time goes on. Recently (June 27 to July 7) we did our first big road trip. Starting in Port Moody, BC we did a 3000 kilometer trip that took us to Kamloops, Kelowna, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Nelson, and back to Port Moody. Starting with a 100% charge, we charged at 14 places along the way and one more charge to 100% upon arriving home. That works out to an average of 200 kilometers per charge, although some stretches were actually longer and some shorter depending on charger locations and landscape. Our average usage for the trip was 16.1 kWh/100km. 

The Soul - we call her Sally - was a joy to drive. I absolutely love the adaptive cruise control. Going up and down mountains was a smooth, calm experience. No reving of the engine or downshifting of the transmission just to keep speed up hill. Down hill was just as easy and coming down from the Salmo - Creston summit we got the longest continuous regenerative charge of the trip at just over 21 kilometers.

I am amazed at how fast I've become both an ambassador for electric vehicles (more than two thirds of the time we stopped to charge people came over to ask questions) and a bit of a snob toward ICE vehicles. 

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Hello all.

We have a 2019 Soul EV (30KW) version that we just purchased in May with the 2 subsidies and the Kia $4K clearance discount (total off list was CAD$14,000.00). Bought it as a runabout for my wife as she still drive to work here on the Sunshine Coast (the price of gas is averaging over the last year $1.41per litre), so the fuel cost pay for the car. We love the car so much that we have been running all over the place, doing more trail walks etc as there is no guilt using an EV at anytime.

3 Weeks ago we ventured to Keremose, BC close to 800KM driving including the round trip and side trips and about 12 hours to return to Horseshoe Bay Ferry terminal. Only range anxiety I had was travel ing up Allison Pass the first time (our last charge was in Chilliwack, BC), I was uncertain of our usage up that long climb, so we did Hope Slide level 3 charger for about 10 minutes as a buffer. I really did not need it even on the return with 4 adults and 12 case of peaches, never had any issues. Highway 3 is well served (at the moment), only bottleneck was manning Park, they could use 2 level 3 chargers there. I believe we averaged about 100-120KM between charge points and as this model can handle 47KW up to 75%, the charge stays were averaging about 22-25 minutes.

As for the 2019 Model KIA SOUL EV, my only real disappointment is the lack of UVO app that all Canadians experience with this model / year  Soul, Our USA counter parts had this very useful remote vehicle app so you could check on charge status, control charge rates, set climate etc from anywhere. Glad the 2020 model have this feature in Canada.

Our next trip in  a few weeks is to Edmonton AB, most of the way we are ok other than only one fast charger option in Calgary (presently) and then the next one in Red Deer (there are actually two), so about 154KM between the furthest point. For the trip we are changing the factory tires to Michelin CrossClimate Tires, they are a little more fuel efficient and can handle rain much better than the factory rubber, summer performance is great, are quieter and can handle the occasional snow we get on the coast and may run into on this trip.

Just a few days ago I ran into a Leaf owner 2016 model on the Sunshine coast, he was travelling up coast to Egmont, he got me to check out abetterrouteplanner and I think it is just great, especially as it takes elevation into account. This is making the trip planing a lot easier. I just wish you could login the map so the saved trips are available on any device. Would also be cool if it could take live data from the OBDII port, I currently have a Bluetooth dongle and using Soulspy, great for checking battery status (temp level etc), it may be possible. Tesla owners have it great as the app takes real time conditions into account.

We are really seriously considering a second EV for longer trips (would be nice to switch the 2007 Ford Focus (ICE) for another EV) . Heard a lot about Tesla model 3, very nice car tech is just outstanding but the seating is too low, we are getting close to retirement and seat access will be an issue. The Soul 2020 is such a great vehicle in it's own right that we may take up another KIA EV!

 

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Bert, your thinking about the Tesla 3 being a "little low" was what we thought too, hence the 2020 Soul EV. It is an amazing car and my range with AC has proved to be somewhere between 450 and 460 km. That range is based on the readings from the car which I have kept a record of since new. When I charge to 100% the "Estimeter" has shown always over 500km (high 537) but assumes no extra accessories of course. I need to do a longer trip to to use ABRP but hopefully it will happen before too long. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

A question: does your insurance company accept the All Weathers for the winter tire discount? I am thinking of getting them to replace the originals but was wondering about any mileage hit.

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We just completed a 2500KM round trip Vancouver to Edmonton Alberta, last weekend. As the possibility of Snow is higher in September we installed some really terrific tires that may actual prove to be more efficient than the stock KIA tires. We installed a set of Michelin Cross-climate. First the tire are significantly quieter than the base KIA Tires, and we ran into some heavy rain during the trip and again the tires we just outstanding.

Only issues we had was a Level 3 50KW charger issue in Canmore, AB the Flo support person kept insisting it may be a account issue, the charger looked like it had a bug as the text on the display was scrolling very slow, and just did not want to communicate with the Kia. I asked him to reboot it and he claimed they could not, I know otherwise. We used the same chargers in more stops in Alberta so I knew it was not a car issue. Lucky in Canmore the Petro Can 150KW station was open for testing, we got 69KW for a good portion of the charge! Check plugshare September 22nd post you will see my note on both charging stations in Canmore.

I did stretch the range between Calgary and Edmonton as only Red Deer has two level 3 chargers at the moment. I see Petro Canada is about to open a station just north of Calgary, looking forward to more Petro Canada station are coming, that is just great as they will reduce charge times in Soul EV by about 30%!

Yes really considering 2020 Soul EV Limited second car, I may put one on hold, as even my 2019 is soo comfortable and quiet on that last trip it was really nice!

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