Kia Makes Soul EV Available In Four Additional U.S. States

OCT 7 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 27

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Kia has just announced that its electric Soul EV will be available in four additional U.S. states starting in Q4 2015:

“Soul EV sales in the Northeast will begin in the fourth quarter.”

Those Northeast states are as follows:

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut
  • Maryland

Sales of the Soul EV will be handled in this manner in the 4 additional states:

“Nineteen Kia dealers will be certified to sell and service the Soul EV across these four states, and customers will have access to charging stations installed at these facilities. The Soul EV will be sold in eight New York dealerships, six New Jersey dealerships, three Maryland dealerships, and two Connecticut dealerships.”

Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America, stated:

“Kia’s sales strategy for the Soul EV has been progressive and pragmatic since its launch late last year. California consumers created a high level of demand, and the state’s large infrastructure made it a natural place to start. 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.”

With the additional of 4 states, the Kia Soul EV will be available in a total of 10 U.S. states:’

  • California
  • Georgia
  • Texas
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Hawaii
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut
  • Maryland

Press release below:

KIA MOTORS AMERICA EXPANDS SOUL EV AVAILABILITY TO FOUR ADDITIONAL STATES

Soul Electric Vehicle1 Will be Available for Sale in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland

Expansion into four new states underlines Kia’s commitment to green mobility and its fun-and-funky alternative-fuel vehicle
Fourth phase of progressive launch reflects growing consumer demand

IRVINE, Calif., October 7, 2015 – Following the successful launch of the Soul EVlate last year in California, along with sales beginning in Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii earlier this year, Kia Motors America (KMA) is proud to announce it is expanding availability of its fully charged urban runabout into four new states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland. KMA’s announcement will bring the total number of states selling the Soul EV to 10. Nineteen Kia dealers will be certified to sell and service the Soul EV across these four states, and customers will have access to charging stations installed at these facilities. The Soul EV will be sold in eight New York dealerships, six New Jersey dealerships, three Maryland dealerships, and two Connecticut dealerships.

“Kia’s sales strategy for the Soul EV has been progressive and pragmatic since its launch late last year,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, KMA. “California consumers created a high level of demand, and the state’s large infrastructure made it a natural place to start. 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.”

Soul EV sales in the Northeast will begin in the fourth quarter. Soul EV owners will easily be able to locate the numerous charging stations using the standard UVO EV Services2 telematics system. Available at no cost for the first five years of ownership, UVO EV Services utilizes an embedded connectivity solution powered by the Verizon®3 network and an integral smartphone app to provide Soul EV owners with an innovative, real-time, in-vehicle connectivity experience that includes navigation and a host of added convenience features.

Offered in two trims, Base and + (Plus), the 2016 Soul EV MSRP4 is $33,950 (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500) for the Base and $35,950 (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500) for the Plus. A lease price of $249/month for the Soul EV Base5 is also available.

About the 2016 Soul EV
As the centerpiece of the Kia’s ‘Clean Mobility’ efforts, the Soul EV is the embodiment of the brand’s environmentally focused mission, transforming the hip urban crossover into Kia’s first mass-market, all-electric zero emissions vehicle to be sold in the U.S. Combining the iconic design of the Soul with advanced eco-friendly technology has landed the Soul EV in a class all its own. Honored with an industry-first automotive environmental validation by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for its innovative use of bio-based materials, the Soul EV also has an EPA estimated range rating of 93 miles with an MPGe of 92 miles highway and 120 miles city for a combined fuel economy of 105 miles6 .

The Soul EV makes charging easy by plugging into any standard 120v outlet or a conventional 240v EV charger. Two charging ports are standard, including a SAE J1772 port for Level 1 and Level 2 AC, and a CHAdeMo DC fast-charging port (480v). Found behind a sliding door located in the front grille, the dual ports offer flexibility and increase the Soul EV’s go-anywhere appeal, making it more convenient to charge inside the owner’s garage or when on the road. Recharging times vary from 24 hours for a fully depleted battery using a standard 120v outlet and under five hours when plugged into a 240v outlet. An 80-percent charge can be achieved from empty in as little as 33 minutes with a 50 kW-output DC fast charger. Kia has partnered with three charger providers – Bosch, Leviton® and AeroVironment™ – which give Soul EV buyers an opportunity to select the unit best suited to their in-home needs.

The front-wheel-drive Soul EV is powered by a 109-hp (81.4kW) electric motor, producing a generous 210 lb.-ft. of instantaneous torque. The liquid-cooled AC synchronous permanent magnet motor uses multi-layer magnets to help improve efficiency and reduce the whine common to most electric vehicles. The motor delivers its power to the front wheels through a single-speed constant-ratio gear reduction unit. The battery pack’s location beneath the floor results in a lower center of gravity, which helps ride and handling and ensures that the EV remains true to the Soul’s fun-to-drive reputation. Additional cross bracing beneath the low-mounted battery contributes to a 5.9 percent improvement in torsional rigidity over the gasoline-powered Soul and offers protection to the battery.

In an effort to maximize efficiency and range, the Soul EV uses Kia’s third-generation regenerative braking system to capture up to 12 percent of the car’s kinetic energy, which is fed back into the battery while the Soul EV is coasting and braking. Soul EV owners can choose between four drive mode combinations: “Drive” or “Brake” modes in Eco-mode “Off,” and “Drive” or “Brake” modes in Eco-mode “On” (the “Brake” or “B” setting with Eco-mode “On” producing the most regeneration).

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27 Comments on "Kia Makes Soul EV Available In Four Additional U.S. States"

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Since they can’t seem to even produce enough supply for the existing states, I’m not going to get too excited about it. I think the Soul EV has technically been available in Texas for a while, but I have still never seen one here, on the roads, at a dealership, or even at the recent drive-electric week. The only time I’ve seen one is at the Dallas Auto-Show.

I just did an AutoTrader web search. It says there are eight Soul EVs for sale at two dealerships in Texas. The dealerships are located in New Braunfels and Baytown.

@David, they do make more, but they prefer to ship most of them to Europe or sell domestically.

But yeah, seems like more of a “dip-toes-in-the-water” product so far, compared with their theoretical production potential.

121 cars for each state is a very low number of compliance only cars.

Very sad situation since it’s a good EV. On my short list with the Leaf.
It’s the same here in Canada, 118 sales so far… ridiculous!

I was interested in buying one until Texas failed to renew the EV incentive. Those 8 cars have been collecting dust for the last 3 months.

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You may want to check in with those dealers, Eric. After 90 days, the dealer has to start paying “flooring” on each unsold vehicle (interest on the loan to hold it in inventory).

Dealers get rid of cars fast after 90 days – they drop the price enough to make sure the car sells. That could even below dealer cost (they will be losing money either way)

Most dealers have an internet sales person. You can make an offer by email.

About 8 of us now have the SOUL EV in Arizona and are very impressed with it. Even in our heat they run efficient and far 100-120 miles is normal.
We had to get them from California. It was worth the small $200 shipping charge.

I can’t wait to take one of these for a test drive. I’m not in the market right now, but that won’t stop me from checking it out! I wonder which 8 NY Kia dealers will be selling these. I have to assume they’re all in the greater-NYC area.

Yeah, 8 dealerships is a big deal for NY State.
Hopefully, one at least in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Binghamton, and a few ‘downstate’.

Personally, I’m waiting for the 203 mile BOLT.

I suspect it will be more like one in Buffalo, one in Ithaca (there is already an EV-certifed dealer there, according to kia.com), one in Albany, and 5 in greater NYC. Because that’s how NY rolls.

As much as I want a long-distance EV, I have decided that I’m tired of buying boring / ugly skinny upright cars. I want something low and wide, that is engaging and fun to drive. Like a Roadster, for example! The Bolt is probably off my list just due to form factor. Personally I’m hoping that my 2012 Leaf can hang in long enough that I can pick up a used Model III. Maybe 2-3 years after launch, when the early buyers have moved on to the next big thing. That would be what, 2022 or so? I nice 10-year run for my first-generation BEV which – incidentally – just lost the first “bar” of battery capacity last week. I’m down to 85% of new capacity now.

KIA adds 4 more states to rollout, finally at 10 states now: public-“YAY!”

GM staggers nationwide rollout of the Volt: public-“Worst rollout in the history of rollouts!”

That’s only a slight hyperbole

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Kia Soul EV is a grear car that could outsell the Nissan Leaf if Kia got behind it. Like everyone, Kia wants cheaper batteries so their margin will be comparable to their ICE Soul. When the Soul gets new higher energy cells, it could get 125 miles on a charge and sell briskly, at least until the Chevy Bolt ships.

If Kia can’t get a longer range Soul EV to market before the Bolt, it appears it will be a sales stats footnote.

New York has been selling them for at least the last month. I’ve been trying to find a state near Michigan that I can trace a route of CHAdeMO stations to in order for me to buy out of state and drive back to Michigan. New York is a no go unless maybe I travel through Canada, but still there are gaps.

I just did another search after your assertion. According to Kia.com, there is a dealer in Ithaca, NY who is EV-certified. There are none in the greater NYC area, which is a real surprise to me. But there are zero Soul EVs in stock in the entire state.

Are you saying NY has no Soul? 😉

NY has plenty of Soul, it’s just old-school (i.e. gas 😉 )

NY have plenty of… dirty Souls !!

LOL…ouch

No, the Soul play in in Philadelphia.

Sounds like fun. Are there hotels along the way that offer charging? Powered campsites? Maybe we could have a few offers from the readers here who could offer a bed and a plug for the night. Maybe a new model X owner could help out and tow the Kia from NY to your place?

Or you could just wait.

Great news!

Why at this rate, some day here in Colorado we might actually get another BEV choice besides Nissan, Telsa, and BMW (and theoretically, but not actually, Ford and Smart).

Why the dribs and drabs? C’mon Kia! Jump in all the way, and sell them in all 50 states, please!

Does Kia even have dealers in all 50 states?

Spokane is the “other side of Washington”. I just did a search for Soul EV from a Spokane zip code on cars.com. It shows 20 Soul EV’s in the 250 mile search range, but the nearest by distance is 222 miles away – AKA Seattle. Seems the truth is Kia is selling the Soul EV in a limited part of Washington.

Anyone have info on how well the battery heating option works?

Battery Heating System (Limited Market Availability) — OPTIONAL
Helpful in cold weather, the Soul EV’s battery heating system pre-warms the battery while the vehicle is connected to the charger, helping to maximize battery performance and driving range.
Pack-Level Energy Density (Wh/kg)
98.4 (w/o heating system) / 97.5 (w/ heating system)
Weight (lb.)
605 (w/o heating system) / 610.7 (w/ heating system)

Still no love for Pennsylvania.

Sure I could drive across a bridge and go hunting for one, but I’d rather have a dealership in my neighborhood.