2015 Kia Soul EV Priced at $34,500 | Edmunds

2015 Kia Soul EV Priced at $34,500


Just the Facts:
  • The new 2015 Kia Soul EV base electric vehicle starts at $34,500, including an $800 destination charge, but not including a federal tax rebate of $7,500.
  • The top-of-the-line 2015 Kia Soul EV + starts at $36,500.
  • The Soul EV arrives at certain California dealerships in the fall.

IRVINE, California — The new 2015 Kia Soul EV base electric vehicle starts at $34,500, including an $800 destination charge, but not including a federal tax rebate of $7,500, Kia Motors America said on Thursday.

The top-of-the-line 2015 Kia Soul EV + starts at $36,500, including shipping.

In comparison, the gasoline-powered 2015 Kia Soul starts at $15,900, including shipping.

The Soul EV arrives at certain California Kia dealerships in the fall.

An expected Soul EV lease price of $249 per month for 36 months includes $1,999 due at signing after a $7,500 federal tax credit has been applied to reduce the cost of the lease. Final lease details will be announced closer to launch, Kia said.

The EPA said the Soul EV has a range of 93 miles and returns 92 MPGe on the highway and 120 miles in the city.

Standard equipment on the Soul EV includes a navigation system, rearview camera, Bluetooth, power windows, cruise control, a 6.6kW onboard charger and an exclusive heating-and-cooling system designed to "extend driving range by minimizing energy draw," Kia said.

The Soul EV + adds leather-trimmed seats, projection-style foglamps and power-folding outside mirrors.

Key competitors to the Soul EV include the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

The 2015 Leaf starts at $29,860, including an $850 destination charge. The EPA said the 2015 Leaf has a range of 84 miles.

Kia Soul EV pricing debuts at a time when gasoline prices are relatively flat. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Friday pegged the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $3.41 versus $3.55 a year ago.

Edmunds says: The Soul EV is priced above the Nissan Leaf, its main rival, but Kia is counting on its EV's range and special details, including the exclusive heating-and-cooling system, to win over buyers.

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