Kia Motors America on Wednesday said 12 of the dealerships will be located in Washington and eight in Oregon.
Washington dealers authorized to sell the Soul EV include Auburn Valley Kia, Auburn; Hanson Kia, Olympia; Jerry Smith Kia, Burlington; Smith Kia of Bellingham, Bellingham; Dick Hannah Kia, Vancouver; West Hills Kia, Bremerton; Kia of Puyallup, Puyallup; Performance Kia; Everett; Chuck Olson Kia, Shoreline; Renton Kia, Renton; Car Pros Kia, Tacoma; and Lee Johnson Kia, Kirkland.
Oregon dealers authorized to sell the Soul EV include Kiefer Kia, Eugene; Butler Kia, Medford; Weston Kia, Gresham; Team Kia of Bend, Bend; Beaverton Kia, Beaverton; Ron Tonkin Kia, Gladstone; Power Kia, Salem; and Broadway Kia, Portland.
"With the level of interest the Soul EV has received in the eco-friendly states of Washington and Oregon, it was only natural for us to expand into the region and make our electrified urban passenger vehicle available to customers who not only want to be eco-conscious, but stylish as well," said Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors America vice president of product planning, in a statement.
The 2016 Kia Soul EV is priced at $32,775, including an $825 destination charge, before any federal or state tax incentives.
Select Kia dealers in the Pacific Northwest will allow Soul EV owners to charge their vehicles at no cost.
Kia also has partnered with Greenlots in the Pacific Northwest to offer access to large networks of charging stations. Through the Greenlots partnership, Soul EV owners will be provided a Kia "ChargeUp" card, giving them access to multiple DC fast-charger networks.
The U.S. Department of Energy says there are 9,950 public electric charging stations here with 25,850 charging outlets. Most of these are clustered on either coast.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers on the West Coast who are in the market for an electric vehicle should welcome the wider availability of the 2016 Kia Soul EV.