Georgia Follows California, then Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii
Kia Motors America is taking the new Soul EV beyond its 2014 launch state of California – to Georgia in this second quarter of 2015, and to Oregon, Washington, Texas and Hawaii in June.
“Electric vehicle demand has been growing in these states, and consumers there have expressed significant interest in Soul EV,” the manufacturer says, citing a “robust” combined EV infrastructure more than 1,800 charging stations.
In each of the five states, select Kia retailers will be certified to sell and service the Soul EV, and customers will have access to the retailers’ charging stations. Additional markets are expected in 2016.
A Special Tie to Georgia
Kia says it’s called Georgia “home” since breaking ground in 2006 for its billion-dollar factory at West Point. Soul EV owners in Georgia will be able to locate the state’s 284 EV charging stations using the standard Uvo EV Services telematics system, which is free with the car for the first five years of ownership.
The front-wheel drive Soul EV for the U.S. was announced in late 2013 (F&F, November 12, 2013). The car is powered by a 109-horsepower electric motor and has a combined EPA range of 105 miles. It comes standard with a SAE J1772 connector port for Level 1 and Level 2 AC charging, and a CHAdeMo DC fast-charging port.
The base vehicle has an MSRP of $33,700, not including the federal tax rebate of $7,500.
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