• 03-FEB-2014

  • SOURCE: Kia Motors Corporation

Kia Soul EV earns world automotive industry's first UL Environment Validation for Bio-based Organic Carbon Content

Kia Soul EV (Interior Close Up)
Kia Motors Corporation has announced that the company's new Soul EV (electric vehicle), which will have its world premiere at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show starting later this week, has achieved UL Environment validation for bio-based organic carbon content for 10% of its interior materials. UL Environment is the environmental business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratory), a global independent safety science company.

Various bio-based materials have been applied to the Soul EV, such as bio degradable plastic, bio-foam and bio-fabric. Unlike previous plastic materials that are based from oils, bio-based materials are derived from biomass, which is a photosynthate. Such modern biochemical technologies have replaced the majority of the existing chemistry industry by offering an alternative through development of new bio-materials.