2016 Kia Soul EV adds markets

By Bob Nagy on July 9, 2015 10:21 AM

Expanding the distribution for its electric crossover beyond California, Kia announced that its 2016 Soul EV will be available in Washington and Oregon through 20 new dealers. Orth Hedrick, VP of  product planning, KMA, said that Washington will be home to 12 new outlets and Oregon will have the remaining eight, and that all Soul EV sales and service facilities  will be located close to major population areas. To further sweeten the deal, Kia will add six new DC faster chargers to the 41 already online in Washington and four more to the 81 currently operational in Oregon. 

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In addition to a Kia ChargeUp card that provides access to DC fast charging networks through a partnership with Greenlots, Soul EV owners will be able to replenish their vehicle's battery packs at the new EV dealers, each of which also will have at least a pair of Level 2 changers and some offering free recharging privileges. As in California, buyers of Kia's "electrified urban runabout" will receive five years of no-cost UVO EV Services to help locate charging spots and provide other navigation and convenience features. Pricing for the 2016 Soul EV starts at $32,775 for an EV-e, $34,775 for the standard EV and $36,775 for a Soul EV+, all before the $7,500 applicable federal tax credit or other state and local incentives.