One of Kia’s attention-grabbing modified cars at the SEMA Show was the Smitten Ice Cream Kia Soul EV, a cute little ice cream truck that — like the Ballast Point Kia Sedona beer van – “embrace the tastier side of trackside festivities.”
Kia teamed up with San Francisco-based Smitten Ice Cream to create the peculiar vehicle, which is described as a high-tech take on the traditional ice cream truck. Its most noticeable highlights are the lightweight aluminum teardrop trailer that provides added storage for the delicious treats, tinted back window that serve as menu boards for the available flavors and daily specials, and three roof-mounted speakers built into custom aluminum “waffle” cones that play a modern version of the classic tune that ice cream trucks normally play.
The exterior is painted in a cherry red color with silver accents, while the bottom third of the trailer is completely silver. Custom school bus-type “Stop” signs fold out from the rear panels of the vehicle — yet another tribute to old-school ice cream trucks.
Moving onto the features that deal directly with the sweet treats, the Smitten Ice Cream Soul EV is equipped with Smitten’s high-tech patented “Brrr” ice cream machine, a pull-out table at the rear that can accommodate Smitten’s ‘Brrristas’, and stainless steel counter tops that slide into channels on the sides of the trailer to display Smitten’s gourmet pairings.
There were no performance modifications, so power is provided by the standard Soul EV’s all-electric powertrain, which consists of a 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery and an electric motor rated at 109 horsepower (81 kW) and 210 lb-ft (284 Nm) of torque. No need for gasoline…
This enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 12 seconds and travel approximately 93 miles (150 km/h) on a single charge.
As deliciously creative as the Smitten Kia Soul EV ice cream truck is, it won’t be produced. However, it will operate as a catering / marketing display vehicle for Smitten.
Buick Cascada Convertible Is Dead After 2019, And It Likely Won’t Return
It was virtually invisible, so no one is going to miss it.
Buick has confirmed that the Cascada convertible will be discontinued after the 2019 model year, so act fast if you still want one.
Rumors of the Cascada’s demise began popping up in late 2018 when Opel — which was formerly owned by General Motors — announced plans to stop building its version of the car in Poland. The model had reached the end of its product life cycle, so many questioned its fate.
“The Cascada has played its role in the portfolio perfectly, outselling many other premium convertibles while bringing in [six of every 10] buyers from outside GM,” a Buick spokesperson told . Buick sold about 17,000 examples of the Cascada since adding the model to its portfolio for the 2016 model year, a measly figure that isn’t surprising considering the little advertising its received.
Production ends in the summer of 2019, and with Opel now owned by Peugeot and the convertible segment experiencing a perceptible decline all over the world, the odds of the Cascada being replaced in North America are slim to none.
The Cascada won’t be the only Buick to get the ax in 2019 — the LaCrosse full-size sedan will join it.
Baltimore Man Buys The First Hyundai Kona Electric In America
The crossover is one of the first long-range electric vehicles to be sold by an established automaker.
The Hyundai Kona Electric is finally on sale in the United States, and the first one went to a lucky buyer in Baltimore, Maryland.
Donald Small, director of pediatric oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, took the keys in a small ceremony held by Hyundai.
He is a true green enthusiasts who has driven an electric vehicle for more than seven years, and his family has taken other measures to reduce their carbon footprint.
“As a strong advocate for eco-friendly living — which includes doing my part to reduce carbon emissions from the energy we consume — I’ve equipped my home with 64 solar panels connected to the utility power grid, and the sur renewable energy we produce is fed onto the grid.” Dr. Donald Small said. “By implementing renewable energy generation with net-metering, we rely less on the grid and produce more than 90% of our energy use.”
The Kona Electric is among the first of a growing list of long-range electric vehicles from mainstream automakers with mass-market price tags. It can travel for up to 258 miles (415 km) on a single charge, and has a starting price of $37,495 (before government incentives) for the 2020 model year.
Hyundai has not disclosed specific production numbers, but considering that General Motors has admitted that it’s some years away from making any money from EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt, it wouldn’t be surprising if availability of the Kona Electric remains relatively limited if it’s not it’s losing money for the company.
New, 2020 Kia Soul EV Has 243 Mile (391 Km) Driving Range
Kia’s quirky crossover joins the high-range electric vehicle group.
The EPA has given the 2020 Kia Soul EV a driving range of up to 243 miles (391 km) on a single charge, placing it in the same class as the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV and Nissan LEAF e+, all of which get over 200 miles (322 km).
In fact, the Soul EV uses the same 64 kWh battery pack as the Kona Electric and Niro. Power is provided by an electric motor that generates 201-horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque and can be modulated with four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, which automatically adjust power output, regenerative braking, climate control settings, and set speed limits to help manage overall efficiency.
Similar to the Niro and Kona EVs, it will charge at around 100kW for at least the first 50 percent of charge. A DC Fast Charge port comes standard.
The 2020 Kia Soul EV goes on sale in the second half of 2019.