Kia announced today that it will introduce the Soul EV in 4 more US states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland. 19 new Kia dealers will be certified to sell and service the Soul EV, which will now be available in 10 states. The car was already available in California since late last year and in Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii since earlier this year. The Soul EV is equipped with a 30.5 kWh battery pack, but only 27 kWh are usable, which results in an EPA-rated range of 93 miles. The starting price is $33,950 before any government incentive, which is significantly higher than the gas-powered version of the Kia Soul which start at $16,515.
We have only 12 months of sales data for the Soul EV and it shows that sales are going sideways since the US launch. It will be interesting to see how much the 4 new markets will help Kia’s electric vehicle effort.