19 Dealers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland
Kia Motors America is extending availability of its 100% battery electric Soul EV car to a total of ten states, adding New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland to the current list. Nineteen additional Kia dealers will be certified to sell and service the Soul EV, and customers will have access to charging stations at their facilities.
The manufacturer launched the battery car in California late in 2015, and added Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii early this year (F&F, March 31).
“Kia’s sales strategy for the Soul EV has been progressive and pragmatic since its launch late last year,” product planning VP Orth Hedrick said in a release. “California consumers created a high level of demand, and the state’s large infrastructure made it a natural place to start.
Single-Charge Range Is 93 Miles
“Between consumer reaction to the Soul EV and growing infrastructure programs in states such as these in the Northeast, this is a logical – and exciting – next step in our rollout plan.”
The front-wheel-drive Soul EV is powered by a 109-horsepower (81.4-kilowatt) electric motor. A 27-kilowatt-hour lithium ion polymer battery pack affords an EPA-rated single-charge range of 93 miles.
The car is available in two trims, with MSRPs of $33,950 and $35,950 (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500).
Soul EV sales in the Northeast will begin in the fourth quarter.
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