Kia Motors America (KMA) has announced plans to offer an all-electric version of the Kia Soul, an urban passenger vehicle in select markets in 2014.
Already one of Kia’s best-selling vehicles, an all-electric variant is a natural extension of the Soul’s urban-friendly place in the brands line-up of award winning vehicles.
More details about the Soul EV’s powertrain, range/MPGe, packaging and go-to-market strategy will be announced at an upcoming major U.S. auto show – most likely to be the LA Auto Show, taking place between the 22nd November and 1st December.
“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, executive director of product planning, KMA.
“The Soul has always been a terrific choice for drivers in urban environments, and the all-new version’s blend of technology, refinement, style, improved dynamics and value has allowed us to create a car that is as efficient as it is fun to drive.”
Kia Motors was recently ranked by Interbrand as one of the ’50 Best Global Green Brands,’ and Soul EV will be the second alternative-fuel Kia vehicle to be offered for sale in the USA.