The Kia Soul EV has been accredited with outstanding whole-life environmental credentials
The Kia Soul EV has been accredited with outstanding whole-life environmental credentials. This will be Kia’s eleventh model to achieve the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) standard certified by TÜV Nord an independent technical inspection organisation. The first ISO 14040 was achieved by the Kia Ceed back in 2008.
The Life Cycle Assessment examines the environmental impact of both the car and the overall manufacturing process throughout its whole life, taking into account factors such as choice of materials, tailpipe emissions and recycling.
Comparing the Soul EV to its diesel counterpart currently on sale in Europe, the zero-emissions electric vehicle scored particularly strongly for ‘Global Warming Potential’, emitting 39.7 per cent fewer greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, over the whole life of the vehicle. The Soul EV also scored an improvement in ‘Photochemical Oxidant Creation Potential’, limiting the amount of smog created by the vehicle’s manufacturing process and by the vehicle itself throughout its life.
Earlier this year, Kia announced its intention to achieve ISO 50001 certification across all its global production facilities which will result in tighter management of energy consumption. ISO 50001 is an international standard on corporate energy conservation planning and implementation. The Kia Soul EV is produced at Kia’s Gwangju plant, which has been ISO 50001-certified since 2012.