Pricing for the all-electric version of the Kia Soul has been revealed.
The Soul EV will be offered initially in California in two trims, Base and + (Plus), with MSRPs of $33,700 (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500) for the Base and $35,700 for the Plus (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500).
Kia added it expects to launch the vehicle with an introductory lease price of $249 per month, and the Soul EV boasts best-in-class EPA-estimated range of 93 miles and MPGe of 92 miles on the highway and 120 miles in the city (105 miles combined).
The $249 per month lease Kia refers to is for the base model, on a 36 months agreement with $1,999 due at signing after the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit has been applied to reduce cost of lease. For starters, the Soul EV will be available only in California for its October launch. In 2015, Kia said it hopes to introduce it to states that follow California’s zero-emission rules. These could possibly be Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Of its first EV to be positioned as globally available, Kia highlighted that the Soul EV has been honored with an industry-first automotive environmental validation by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for its use of bio-based materials.
“With our iconic urban passenger vehicle’s wildly popular style and functionality mated to eco-friendly electric-drive technology that delivers best-in-class range, we’re confident that the Soul EV represents a winning combination,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Kia Motors America. “And with a starting MSRP of less than $34,000 (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500) and an expected introductory lease price of $249 per month, it represents a compelling value as well.”
At $33,700 (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500), the Soul EV Base comes equipped, per Kia, with navigation, Rear Camera Display, Bluetooth hands free operation, power windows, power driver’s seat, cruise control, 6.6 kilowatt on-board charger and an exclusive HVAC system designed to extend driving range by minimizing energy draw.
Also, Kia explained every Soul EV comes standard with UVO EV Services, which provide real-time battery-level status, distance to empty, and the ability to search for nearby charging stations. From the UVO EV smartphone app, owners can preset charging time and charging level ratios, as well as precondition the vehicle cabin with remote control of the HVAC presets.
The top of the range Soul EV Plus, priced at $35,700 (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500), adds, per Kia, EV-unique leather trimmed seats, which are tri-level heated and ventilated for front passengers, while the rear outboard seats are heated for added comfort. The Plus also includes projection-style fog lamps and power-folding outside mirrors.