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Kia Pushes Lithium Battery Energy-Density Frontier With Soul EV.

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Kia Pushes Lithium Battery Energy-density Frontier With Soul EV.

Electric Vehicle News reports on another development in lithium technology. This time it has made its way already to the production - Kia Soul is already a hit with the Maroon 5 fans at least.

 

Powered By Lithium: 2015 Kia Soul EV Hamster Commercial Featuring "Animals" by Maroon 5 - MTV.
"This one will cut to the hearts of the new generation looking for a change. Next step will be the $15k electric car for the mass market to make this rEvolution truly unstoppable. Read more."

International Lithium Presentation May 2014 from Kirill Klip

China Rolls Out Welcome Mat for Electric Cars: Ganfeng Lithium Partners with International Lithium in Argentina and Ireland.

Electric Vehicle News:

Kia Pushes Energy-density Frontier With Soul EV Battery

"Kia Motors is using a 360-V lithium-ion battery pack of "class-leading" energy density (200 W·h/kg) in the 2015 Soul EV to give it range of about 200 km (125 mi) on the European Driving Cycle, and "real-world" range of 80-100 mi (129-161 km) in the U.S. The cells and the battery are the same in all regions.

The battery in the 2015 Kia Soul EV is the result of a three-year development program with lithium-ion cell maker SK Innovation. The 192 cells are packaged into eight modules and deliver a total battery capacity of 27 kW·h. The cell cathode is of nickel-rich NCM (nickel-cobalt-manganese) chemistry, with the raw materials for that and other components optimized for energy density, durability, and safety.

Kia says high-performance anode and gel electrolyte additive materials were developed. The new electrolyte additive allows for better range by more effectively dealing with low and high temperatures. A "special" ceramic separator with improved thermal resistance properties is used.

The cell casings are of polymer pouch type (as opposed to metal), and the battery pack is air-cooled. Standard equipment on the Soul EV includes receptacles for SAE J1772 Level 1 and Level 2 ac charging, as well as CHAdeMO dc fast charging (480 V).

The car goes on sale in the U.S. in third quarter 2014. Electric Vehicle News."

Disclosure: The author is long TRRXF, ILHMF.