The first electric vehicle to reach this country from the South Korean brands will be the 2014 Kia Soul EV, slated to go on sale in the United States some time next year. Deciding to electrify the Soul was an easy choice, too, at least according to Orth Hedrick, executive director of product planning for Kia Motors America.
Explained Hedrick: “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. 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.”
The 2014 Kia Soul EV will be introduced during the upcoming auto-show season, and details about pricing, range, charging times, etc., will be provided closer to the car’s actual launch date. At this stage in the game, Kia only is saying that the vehicle “will combine the Soul’s funky and iconic design with new styling cues aimed at improving aerodynamics and distinguishing it from non-EV Souls,” while being “powered exclusively by a battery for gas-free driving and zero emissions.”
Yet perhaps we can get an idea of what to expect in the 2014 Kia Soul EV by looking at the Kia Ray EV … .