The 2019 Kia Soul EV is now without the EVe trim. CarsDirect reported last Wednesday the most affordable trim offered on the Soul EV electric car has been discontinued.

Though, many are probably unfamiliar with the Soul EVe trim since it was only sold in California. The EVe spec cost $1,700 less than the Soul EV Base trim at $33,145. The EVe was also eligible for some pretty steep discounts, too, and boasted a lease rate of just $159 per month with $1,999 due at signing.

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The Soul EV Base and Plus┬átrims soldier on unchanged with $34,845 and $36,845 MSRPs. However, some of the deals remain for electric-car shoppers in California. The Plus trim is eligible for a whopping $16,700 worth of incentives: $9,200 from Kia and the federal government’s $7,500 tax credit.

But, competition is heating up for the Soul EV. The electric car, which boasts a 111-mile estimated range, must do battle with new electric cars like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf. Both offer more range without much of a price premium. Kia itself will soon offer the Kia Niro EV, which has been rated at 301 miles of estimated range in Europe. Hyundai will also offer the Kona Electric, which boasts a 238-mile estimated range, per the EPA.

[Source: CarsDirect]