Kia Dealers Get Ready for Fast Charging With 2015 Kia Soul EV | Edmunds

Kia Dealers Get Ready for Fast Charging With 2015 Kia Soul EV


Just the Facts:
  • Select Kia dealers in California are being fitted with special charging stations to make life easier for owners of the 2015 Kia Soul EV.
  • The dealership locations will be announced closer to the Soul EV's on-sale date later this year.
  • Additional dealerships are set to come online in 2015.

IRVINE, California — Select Kia dealers in California are being fitted with special charging stations to make life easier for owners of the 2015 Kia Soul EV.

The dealership locations will be announced closer to the Soul EV's on-sale date later this year. Kia rolled out the fast-charging plans on Monday for its first EV offering in the U.S.

Additional dealerships are set to come online in 2015, Kia Motors America said on Monday.

The Kia charging network in California is made up of 17 new DC fast chargers. The Kia fast chargers are in addition to California's already-existing network of 198 chargers. The Soul EV has a range of approximately 80-100 miles, according to the automaker.

The 2015 Kia Soul EV goes on sale this fall in California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

The fast-charging network will "provide value to Soul EV owners, signaling Kia's commitment to the growing EV market," said Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors America vice president of product planning, in a statement.

Kia also said it has partnered with Greenlots to boost access to large networks of charging stations through the EZ-Charge program. Soul EV owners will get a Kia ChargeUp Card that gives them access to DC fast chargers through Greenlots' Sky network system.

"Soul EV owners can easily locate charging stations via Kia's free UVO EV Services telematics app through their smartphone or the standard 8-inch touchscreen inside the vehicle," Kia said.

Kia has not announced 2015 Soul EV pricing. Consumers should expect a starting price in the high $20,000 to low $30,000 range, before a $7,500 federal tax incentive and any applicable state incentives.

The Soul EV competes with the Chevrolet Spark EV, Fiat 500e and Nissan Leaf.

Edmunds says: The local Kia dealership is poised to become a second home for owners of the 2015 Kia Soul EV, thanks to a new charging network.

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