The newest and greenest member of the Kia family is set to roll into select California showrooms later this fall with the arrival of the 2015 Kia Soul EV. The all-electric version of the automaker's popular urban fun runner will be offered in Soul EV Base and upline Soul EV Plus configurations, with the former opening at $34,500 and the latter starting at $36,500 not including the $7,500 federal tax credit and any additional state or local rebates. While yet to be finalized, Kia also anticipates offering the new Base Soul EV on a factory lease deal of $249 per month for 36 months with a $1,999 initial cap reduction pay down.

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The new Soul EV Base will come with an impressive array of standards including navigation, a power driver's seat, power windows, cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, rearview camera, 6.6kW on-board charger and a dedicated low-draw climate control system. The feature set also brings Kia's UVO EV Services that can provide a comprehensive range of real-time battery/range/recharging information as well as allow owners to use the EVO Smartphone App to perform a number of remote functions from presetting charging time and charging levels to preconditioning the vehicle cabin temp before setting out on a trip. The Soul EV Plus sweetens the deal with EV-unique leather-trimmed seats - heated and ventilated up front and heated outboard perches in the rear - plus projector-beam fog lamps and power folding mirrors. 

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Both versions of the 2015 Soul EV earn a best-in-class EPA-estimated range number of 93 miles per charge and carry MPGe ratings of 120 miles in the city, 92 miles on the highway and 105 miles combined. Kia also notes the Soul EV is the first vehicle to be honored by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for its innovative use of bio-based materials. While California residents will be the first to have a shot at the new Soul EV, Kia's master plan still anticipates a staged expansion of availability to add markets in Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland in 2015 with even broader distribution further on down the line. 

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