Thursday, October 3, 2013

Kia’s First U.S. Market All-Electric Car Launches Next Year

South Korea’s second-largest automaker has announced that they will debut their first ever all-electric vehicle in the U.S. next year.
Called the Soul EV, it’s an all-electric version of the Kia Soul, one of the company’s best-selling cars.
Kia says that the new Soul EV will “combine the Soul’s funky and iconic design with new styling cues aimed at improving aerodynamics and distinguishing it from non-EV Souls.”
“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, Kia Motors America. “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 didn’t release any more details about the upcoming vehicle, instead opting to reveal all of it down the road a major U.S. auto show. There, we’ll see images of the design, along with all specs.
All we know is that it’ll launch in 2014. When it does, Kia will join a burgeoning EV field populated by Tesla, Nissan, Ford, Honda, Chevy, Mitsubishi, and Fiat.