The cross county electric challenge
By Kyle Linsay
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 10:11
Since the Kia Soul EV’s UK launch in October 2014 it has consistently impressed with its class leading homologated range of 132 miles, battery density of 200 Wh/kg, high level of equipment, excellent driving experience and everyday practicality.
To showcase the Soul EV’s competitive attributes, Kia Motors joined forces with influential motoring journalist, Simon McBride, to put it to the ultimate test – a zero emissions race across UK counties, against an electric train.
The task involved driving from York castle to Carlisle castle using electricity alone, a 122 mile direct route by road and a mainline blast by train. Only three rules applied, castle to castle, electric power only and any point to point route was permitted.
The video, which accurately outlines the routes and tracks each journey from point to point, gives an exciting perspective into how all-electric cars can be taken out of their day to day environment and challenged to deliver a variation of driver needs and journeys.