The Kia Soul, best known for its strange ads with hamsters, is bringing its electric version to a state near you. Previously only available in California, Kia announced that the Soul EV is ready to expand into Georgia, Oregon, Washington, Texas, and Hawaii in the coming months, making the affordable electric car an option for many more Americans.
The electric version of the Soul is indeed a lot more expensive than the incredibly cheap $17,000 base price for a standard, gasoline-powered Soul, but for around $32,000, this is still one of the cheaper electric cars you can find.
Plus, that price is very misleading, as you can look forward to a federal tax credit of $7,500 for buying an electric vehicle, so it all evens out in the end, making the real price of the Kia Soul EV somewhere around $26,000.
The 2015 Kia Soul EV has a pretty impressive range, with the ability to go 93-plus miles on a single charge – one of the better figures for current electric cars. In addition, the Soul EV can put out 210 lbs-ft of torque from its 190-horsepower electric engine, with a 192-cell battery pack.
Of course, one of the primary concerns with every electric car today is where you can charge your battery; 93 miles per charge is an excellent range, but it certainly limits just how long of a trip you can take. But fear not, the Soul EV’s standard navigation system comes with a map of all known charging locations, helping make your extended travels a little less worrisome. For example, Kia states that in Georgia there are 258 charging stations – a number which will certainly increase as electric cars become more ubiquitous.
While for the time being, the expansion of sales for the Kia Soul EV is pretty minor in scale, Kia has announced plans to expand much further in 2016, bringing their highly-touted electric car to many more states, but they will not clarify which ones just yet.
In any case, with the proliferation of electric cars in 2015, Kia appears ready to be a major player with their affordable Soul EV. Look for the hatchback to come to your state in the relatively near future.