Kia Soul EV Coming To US In Fall – With Snazzy New Color Choice

3 years ago by Jay Cole 20

Oh No You Didn't Kia

Oh No You Didn’t Kia!  I am Not Driving Around In Those Colors!

Earlier this year we were excited to learn that the Kia Soul EV would launch in the fall of this year in the US.

Other Major Plug-In's Featured "Debut" Colors

Other Major Plug-In’s Featured “Debut” Colors

However at the same time, our own pet peeve against featuring the color Peacock Blue for debuting an electric car was further aggravated as something called “Pearl While/Electronic Blue” has been front and center on the 212 km (NEDC rated for Europe), 92 mile (EPA for USA) Kia CUV.

…our apologies to you if you already own a “Blue Ocean” Nissan LEAF, a “Viridian Joule” Chevrolet Volt, or “Frosted Glass/Ice Storm” Ford Focus Electric or Fusion/C-Max Energi – there is nothing that can be done for you

Thanks to a tip from one of our readers (wave to Bill R), we can say that the “white with light blue Barbie edition” (his words not ours) and the “Carribean Blue & Clear White” (yes, that is how Kia spells Carribean) will be joined by something much cooler…and 2 other boring as heck color offerings.

Enter “Cherry Black & Inferno Red” – Huzzah!

Cherry Black/Inferno Red Kia Soul EV FTW

Cherry Black/Inferno Red Kia Soul EV FTW

New Kia Soul EV Color"Choice "Cherry Black/Inferno Red" Will Allow Our Monthly Scorecard Thumbnails To Continue To Be Awesome

New Kia Soul EV Color”Choice “Cherry Black/Inferno Red” Will Allow Our Monthly Scorecard Thumbnails To Continue To Be Awesome

As all InsideEVs readers know, dark colored EVs (specifically black) are not only faster to 60 mph, have a greater range, but also render all other colored plug-in vehicles immobile within 100 yards…and up to 1 mile in the case off Peacock Blue. (it’s science)

The two other acceptable choices that have also been added are: Clear White and Titanium Silver … which we like to refer to as white and gray.

Two Other Acceptable Color Choices - Accountants & Actuaries Rejoice

Two Other Acceptable Color Choices – Accountants & Actuaries Rejoice

Kia plans on producing about 5,000 Soul EVs for the 2015 model year (video of production and from its debut in Geneva below), with the bulk of those headed to the US.  The Kia Soul EV also goes on sale shortly in Canada.  Pricing is expected to be just higher than a decently equipped Nissan LEAF.

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20 responses to "Kia Soul EV Coming To US In Fall – With Snazzy New Color Choice"

  1. kdawg says:

    How does the front charge port work? It looks like it just pops straight out, but then does it rotate to get out of the way of the cords.

    Seems really big too. Is it a powered cover or can you open in manually?

    1. Aaron says:

      The charge port pops open and off to the side, manually.

      It is big. It must cover the L2 and CHAdeMO ports.

      1. kdawg says:

        Eeek. I’m scared for winter performance of that door cover.

        1. organicguy says:

          I had to break open the focus electric’s port door in the winter.stupid ford.

  2. David says:

    California/CARB only I presume?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Hrm, sorta kinda? Is that an answer?

      For the fall it is coming to “select” European countries, USA and Canada, then “across the continent (Europe) during winter.

      For the US, it is CARB out of the gate, here is their exact quote:

      “The Soul EV will initially be sold in California and Oregon in the West and several Eastern states including New York, New Jersey and Maryland, the regions with the largest EV markets and infrastructure. KMA will look to offer the vehicle in other markets in the near future as infrastructure and demand grow. Pricing for the Soul EV will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch.”

      1. evnow says:

        How do you tell if a plugin in CARB-ZEV only or will be everywhere ? By checking whether it is sold in WA – large EV market with a lot of charging infrastructure but not a CARB-ZEV state.

        So, Kia Soul is a compliance car …

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Generally I think that is true.

          I think also if you know you are going to be faced with limited production/high initial demand you are best served as a corporation to offer it in the CARB locations first until demand is satisfied…that way you will maximize the number of credits.

          The fact it rolls out in 7-8 countries in the next few months I think runs counter-intuitive to being classed strictly as a compliance vehicle. (

          (kinda like what we saw/are seeing with the smart ED now as it is now expanding outside CARB states in the US as well as being offered worldwide)

        2. Mikael says:

          Compliance car = no need to sell it in Europe.

          I believe the Soul EV is for real. But we will just have to see the sales numbers for it before making any full conclusion.

  3. Doug B says:

    Dark colors are great, just not in sunny areas like AZ, NM, CO, UT; for those places, get the white as you’ll save AC usage, increase range yadda yadda yadda.

    1. kdawg says:

      Wasn’t this debunked?

    2. Mikael says:

      I can’t imagine that the conductive part of the heat in the car through the painted parts is more than marginal compared to the radiation heat through the windows.

  4. The silver version looks pretty good.

  5. Alok says:

    AAHHH Jay…
    We agree on most EV-things… but not on colors! ahahah
    I love light colors and not so much dark ones.
    Love the one in the first picture up there.
    … fortunately they offer all!!! 🙂

    1. Alok says:

      I’d correct “not so much” with “not as much”… Fairer…

  6. Lou Grinzo says:

    I’m in NY State, and I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact that Kia is going to break my heart with this vehicle. Either it will be priced much higher than a VPP-deal Leaf S, or there will be so few of them locally that it might as well not be available at all.

    I would love to have my hunch disproved; the range and form factor of the SEV would work quite well for me.

  7. Spec9 says:

    Damn you KIA for putting batteries into a brick of a car. Why not something aerodynamic?

  8. Anon says:

    I like the black and red trim… Much better than pale blue and white. *shudder*

  9. Ian says:

    I’m in Ontario, Canada, and just placed my order for a black/red EV+ model – I wanted the Titanium Silver, but the two “premium” colors are not available here :(. I am told production of the black/red vehicles just started, so I can expect to see my new car in about 4 weeks – both excited and anxious about owning one of the first batch. Should be a great adventure!

  10. Brian H says:

    (yes, that is how Kia spells Carribean)

    An’ how duz y’all spell Caribbean?