2014 Kia Soul EV in the Pipeline


  • 2014 Kia Soul Picture

    2014 Kia Soul Picture

    The 2014 Kia Soul will debut in "select" markets in the U.S. next year. | October 02, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • An electric version of the 2014 Kia Soul will hit the U.S. market next year, the Korean automaker said on Tuesday.
  • More details about Soul EV's powertrain, range, MPGe, packaging and marketing strategy "will be announced at an upcoming major U.S. auto show," Kia said.
  • It also added that images of the Soul EV will be released closer to launch in 2014.

MINNEAPOLIS — An electric version of the 2014 Kia Soul will hit the U.S. market next year, the Korean automaker said on Tuesday.

More details about Soul EV's powertrain, range, MPGe, packaging and marketing strategy "will be announced at an upcoming major U.S. auto show," Kia said.

It also added that images of the Soul EV will be released closer to launch in 2014.

An electrified version of the Soul targets the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric and Chevrolet Volt.

The car would be Kia's first all-electric vehicle.

The Soul EV will have "new styling cues aimed at improving aerodynamics and distinguishing it from non-EV Souls," Kia said. It will debut in "select" markets, most likely California.

"Eco-consciousness already comes standard on the all-new Soul with 85 percent of its materials able to be recycled at the end of its lifespan, and the Soul EV will further demonstrate Kia's engineering capabilities as well as our commitment to producing vehicles with reduced environmental footprints," said Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors America executive director of product planning, in a statement.

Kia is calling the Soul EV a "natural extension of the Soul's urban-friendly place in the brand's lineup."

Edmunds says: You probably won't be able to get your hands on the Kia Soul EV if you aren't on the West Coast.

Comments

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Kia will initially rate the vehicle at 150 mpge, but revise it down to 100 mpge after an EPA investigation.

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