We Will Show You How to Charge Your Kia Soul EV Easily and Flexibly Using Your Own Charging Station at Home or a Public Charging Station.

Charging Your Kia Soul EV at Home

Charge at Home with 4.6 kW and Reach Full Charge in 6 hours

The Kia Soul EV can be charged with a charging power of up to 4.6 kW or 6.6 kW (depending on the country) using the charging station. With a battery capacity of 27 kWh, you will reach full electric range in around 6 hours. The German legislation does not allow single-phase charging with a charging power higher than 4,6 kW. Thus, the charging power has to be limited to 4,6 kW on the installation side. In Austria and Switzerland the single-phase charging is limited to 3,7 kW. The full charging power is however available to you at public charging stations. Depending on how you drive, the time of year, and an electric top speed of up to 145 km/h, you can drive around 212 km. Charging is performed using a type 1 plug and can be done via a mode 2 charging cable connected to an individually fused domestic socket with 2.3 kW. For safety reasons, you should avoid doing this in the long term. Your socket will be under full strain for 12 hours when charging from the domestic socket. Using the charging station, you can charge your Kia Soul EV  not only safely but also twice as fast as with a regular domestic socket.

Why do I actually need a charging station?

With a charging station for your Kia Soul EV, you can charge your car not only quickly and efficiently (saving up to 6 hours of time with a 4.6 kW charging station) but also safely and intelligently. Read our blog entry on ‘Why do I actually need a charging station?’ to find out what risks are posed by charging from a domestic socket and what advantages charging your Kia Soul EV via a charging station can have for you. We also compiled an overview of what you need to be aware of for the safe installation of a charging station.

We Recommend the Following Charging Stations for Your Kia Soul EV

Charging Your Kia Soul EV When Out and About

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Public Charging Stations with Type 2 Socket or Type 1 Charging Cable

The Kia Soul EV can be charged at all public charging stations with a type 1 charging cable or type 2 socket with a charging power of up to 6.6 kW (AC). For the latter charging facilities, Kia Soul EV drivers need a Mode 3 adapter cable of Type 1 for Type 2. For fast charging while in transit, the Kia Soul EV can be recharged at all public charging stations with a CHAdeMO (direct current) connection. In this case, the Kia Soul EV is charged with a charging power of up to 50 kW and is 80% full after 30 minutes. At the moment, it is still a problem that most charging station providers won’t let you charge at their facilities without registering in advance. Charging in public must therefore be planned properly.


Technical Data for the Kia Soul EV

Technical Data and charging times (as of September 2015)
Battery capacity:27 kWh
Energy usage²:14,7 kWh/100km
Range (NEDC):212 km
Top Speed:145 km/h
Socket Type:Type 1
Charging with on-board charger:3,7 kW (16 A, AC), optional 4,6 kW (20 A, AC), 6,6 kW (32 A, AC) and 50 kW (DC)
Charging time using standard domestic socket⁴ (2,3 kW):12 hours
Charging time with 4,6 kW charging station:6 hours
Range after one hour of charging⁴ via 4,6 kW charging station:30 km
Charging power of the Kia Soul EV depending on vehicle specifications¹:
Basic package:3,7 kW with standard charging cable³ (AC)
2,3 kW via the at-home charging station (AC)
Special equipment 6,6 kW:3,7 kW with standard charging cable³ (AC)
4,6 kW via the at-home charging station (AC)
6,6 kW at public charging stations (AC)
Special CHAdeMO quick-charge connection equipment:50 kW at public charging stations (DC)

¹ Source: Kia Motors Deutschland GmbH Motors Deutschland GmbH² ² Energy consumption based on ECE R101 energy consumption test (combined) ³ Approximate NEDC distance, in accordance with regulation ECE101 ⁴ Charging times are rounded reference values based on the assumption that the charging is not performed in a linear fashion