Welcome to the beginning of our journal about our electric vehicle (EV). After some deliberation, Managing Director Lawrence Heim brought home a brand new 2015 Kia Soul+ eco. Among our reasons for doing so are to help spread the word about the reality of owning/using an EV from an environmental/sustainability professional’s point of view, generate more interest in EVs through our blog and of course, increase visibility of our own company by using the EV as a marketing tool.
To maximize visibility of the vehicle, we realized that our EV had to be eye-catching and unique (and yes, affordable), limiting the choices to only two options. Our initial selection was the BMW i3, which sports space-age styling inside and out, and received almost universal praise from the auto industry and media. We were excited about the i3. Unfortunately, our experience at the dealer was not what what we expected. Luckily, our other option was a short distance down the road and soon Lawrence signed the papers for a brand new Kia Soul eco.
Our research indicated that the Soul eco actually performed better and ranked higher than all other EVs (except the Tesla sedan) in features that are critical for day-to-day usage – range and interior space. On a full charge, the Soul has been tested in real conditions to get in excess of 116 miles (the BMW is rated at 81 miles for the pure EV version). The cabin is spacious enough for two 6-foot tall adults to site in the back seat with the driver’s seat adjusted for a 6-foot tall driver – not so for the i3. After all was said and done on the deal, the Soul ended up priced almost 50% lower than the i3. Icing on the cake – the metallic Caribbean Blue is one of the colors in the Elm logo.
In the coming weeks, we will post photos and update this journal. We invite others with EV/hybrid experience to comment – the more the merrier.