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After the success of the Soul EV in California surprised Kia’s executives, the company announced it will be changing – and expanding – which markets the vehicle will be available in next. “We were kind of shocked how well it was received. It’s been a huge hit,” Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at […]

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Can the Soul EV really attain its official UK homologated range of 132 miles? Next Green Car gave it a try. To prove the homologated range of 132 miles of the Soul EV, Kia Motors UK set up a real-world range test, neutrally conducted by external eco and green car experts, Next Green Car. For […]

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Less than two months after its global media launch, and only weeks after becoming available to Canadian consumers, the Kia Soul EV has just picked up its first significant award. At a press conference held today in Toronto, Ontario, the Kia Soul EV was awarded the “Best City Car” designation from the Automotive Journalists Association […]

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Kia has garnered a lot of fans for its Soul, a squared-off mini-ute that proves style and practicality can go hand-in-hand. For its first EV marketed outside its home country, Kia decided to convert the funky box on wheels which breaks the mold of the more-often seen hatchback configuration. And, after having driven it at […]

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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 […]

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Kia Motors America (KMA) wants to improve the EV charging network in advance of the Soul EV’s California arrival during the third quarter of this year. Kia is adding of 17 new DC fast chargers to California’s already-existing network of 198, charger. KMA said its EV charging infrastructure plan provides Soul EV buyers with broad […]

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Kia’s hamsters are back. In the latest installment of Kia Motors America’s ad campaign, the hamsters are found inhabiting a high-tech, high-energy laboratory and unleashing their inner mad scientists to create an eco-friendly Soul. Kia said set to the infectious beat of Maroon5’s never-before-heard song “Animals,” sparks fly and jaws drop when a surge of […]

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The Kia Soul EV has earned an important certification for its whole-life environmental credentials. TÜV Nord, an independent technical inspection organization, has certified the new Kia Soul EV according to the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) standard. Kia explained the LCA examines the environmental impact of both the car and the overall manufacturing process […]

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Kia has started volume production of its Soul EV for export sales. The zero-emissions Soul EV is Kia’s first electric vehicle to be marketed by the company outside Korea. Kia said the first vehicles off the production line are destined for select European countries and are scheduled to go on sale across Europe during the […]

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Today Kia announced it will this month begin building its first exported EV, the Soul EV, for a 2016 launch even as affiliate company Hyundai prepares its first fuel cell vehicle. Soon enough also, say the companies, they’ll each offer battery and fuel-cell cars as they cautiously approach a changing automotive landscape. Yes, it’s a […]

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