While all of the key details still remain under wraps, Kia today confirmed plans to start selling an electric-powered version of its all-new Soul in the U.S. sometime during 2014. This latest addition to the lineup will be the automaker's first EV model for this market. Last year, Kia made its initial entrance into the ultra-green realm at home when it introduced the Ray EV, a battery-electric version of its domestic-only city car.
A longstanding favorite of young and young-at-heart buyers, Kia's urban-oriented compact crossover represents a logical choice for the firm's first American foray into the zero-emissions game. "Eco-consciousness already comes standard on the all-new Soul with 85-percent of its materials able to be recycled at the end of its lifespan, and the Soul EV will further demonstrate Kia's engineering capabilities as well as our commitment to producing vehicles with reduced environmental footprints," said Orth Hedrick, executive director of product planning, KMA during a media launch event for the conventional 2014 Soul.
Kia promises a full rundown on the new Soul EV -- including its powertrain elements, styling tweaks, range and MPGe numbers as well as packaging details and launch strategy -- at an upcoming major U.S. auto show. Given the timing, that download could well come during its press conference at the Los Angeles show in November. Current speculation suggests that the Soul EV will be fitted with an upgraded version of the Ray EV's powertrain that matches an electric motor that drives the front wheels with an advanced lithium-ion polymer battery pack.
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