Following the launch of the 2014 Kia Soul in Frankfurt, Kia Motors America announced its plans to develop an all-electric version of the urban crossover in select markets next year. Being a best seller among Kia models, creating the Soul electric vehicle can further the vehicle’s positioning as an urban-friendly transport. Further details on the intended electric vehicle will be revealed at an upcoming major US motor show.
If the plan pushes through, the Soul EV will be the second alternative-fuel vehicle to come out of the brand in the US. In 2011, Kia introduced the Optima Hybrid that has been further enhanced in 2013. The upgrades include a 47.7 PS electric traction motor, a stronger Hybrid Starter Generator, and a more powerful 47 kW lithium polymer battery.
“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,” said Orth Hedrick, KMA Executive Director of Product Planning.