The 2015 Kia Soul EV joins a growing list of battery-powered cars that are available outside the traditional haunts of California and other eco-friendly West Coast states. Having recently expanded sales of the Kia Soul EV to 12 states in total, the crossover wagon stands apart from rivals like the FIAT 500e (California-only) and the Chevrolet Spark EV (California and Oregon) not just in terms of where it is sold, but also with regards to practicality.
In fact, aside from the 50-state Volkswagen e-Golf, the Kia Soul EV is perhaps the most daily driver-friendly gasoline-to-electric conversion on the market. It helps that the Kia Soul platform was designed from the get-go to eventually accommodate an all-electric propulsion system, and that the Soul itself is already one of the best wagons in its class.
Still, making the decision to drive electric puts you in a position occupied by few others, regardless of where you might live. As I discovered during my time pent with the battery-powered Kia Soul, EVs face unique challenges and require subtle alterations to your behavior behind the wheel in order to get the most out of what the technology promises.