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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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Kia’s upcoming Soul EV will benefit from cold-tested heating and ventilation benifiting both the driver and the battery. The automaker announced a comprehensive winter testing program is currently being carried for the Soul EV pure electric vehicle ahead of its launch in the second half of 2014. Engineers are subjecting the car to the most […]

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Today at the Chicago Auto Show Kia unveiled its 2015 Soul EV that’s due to begin selling in the third quarter of this year. Contrary to previous reports that it would get 120 miles range from its 27-kwh battery, the automaker is saying a more conservative 80-100 miles range may be had in “real world” […]

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Kia’s new Soul EV has achieved UL Environment validation for bio-based organic carbon content for 10 percent of its interior materials. This news comes a few days before the Soul EV is to have its world premiere at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show later this week. Kia explained various bio-based materials have been applied to […]

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The U.S. alternative-energy passenger vehicle market has been growing steadily since the first couple of hybrids were launched in 1999 and for 2014 things are really heating up. While petroleum remains by far America’s motive power of choice, the move away from pure gasoline is well underway, and the alternative vehicle count will increase by […]

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The 2014 Soul, Kia Motors America’s (KMA) urban passenger vehicle, has earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-Star overall safety rating. This bodes well for the electric version of the Soul currently being developed and slated for a U.S. launch in the second half of 2014. As previously reported, the Korean automaker is […]

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Today Kia Motors confirmed its Soul EV that we previously reported as being prepared for “select” markets is indeed being developed for a U.S. launch in the second half of 2014. The Korean automaker is touting a 120-mile range from its 109-horsepower, 201-pounds-feet motor, 0-62 time of under 12 seconds, and top speed of 90 […]

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