IRVINE, California — The 2016 Kia Soul EV lineup includes a new, lower-priced base model called the Soul EV-e that starts at $32,775, including an $825 destination charge.
The Soul EV-e is available in California only. Pricing does not include a federal tax rebate of $7,500.
"Offering a long list of standard equipment at a lower price point, the Soul EV-e brings new value for those looking for a fun and funky alternative in the EV segment," Kia Motors America said in a statement.
Standard equipment on the Soul EV-e includes heated front seats, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, a DC fast-charge port, 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger, 3.5-inch OLED Supervision cluster, smart key with push-button start and a driver-only ventilation function that closes the passenger vents to maximize efficiency based on vehicle occupancy.
The base 2015 Kia Soul EV starts at $34,500, including shipping.
The midrange 2016 Kia Soul EV is priced at $34,775, while the top-of-the-line Soul EV+ starts at $36,775. Prices include shipping.
Upgrades across the lineup for the 2016 model year include a charge port nozzle lock, an illuminated Aux/USB port and two new exterior colors: Shadow Black and Bright Silver.
The Soul EV has a driving range of 93 miles, according to the EPA.
Edmunds says: California car shoppers considering an electric vehicle will appreciate the new value-oriented 2016 Kia Soul EV-e.