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Kia Soul EV Awarded First-Ever Automotive UL Environment Validation

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The 2015 Kia Soul EV uses organic materials as part of its interior.

The all-new 2015 Kia Soul EV recently debuted at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, and a lot of attention has been paid to its sleek (if not strikingly familiar) design and its revolutionary electric powertrain.  The Soul EV is powered by a 27kWh, 200-watt lithium-ion battery that is expected to deliver a range between 80-100 miles, but the gasoline-free propulsion system is not the only place where the Soul EV is displaying environmental awareness.

The interior of the 2015 Kia Soul EV uses bio-based organic carbon content for 10 percent of its interior plastics, which is big deal for a carmaker and people are taking notice.  In fact, the Soul EV has become the automotive industry’s first anything to receive Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Environment validation.

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“We are proud that our Kia Soul EV has achieved the auto industry’s and the world’s first UL Environmental claim validation for its bio-based organic carbon content for 10% of its interior materials,” said Jong-Dae Lim, Vice President of Material Development Center of Hyundai-Kia R&D Center, in a press release.

“We will continue our efforts to develop cutting-edge products that satisfy not only the evolving market, but also customer needs.”

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