Much like Volkswagen did this Spring with a lower priced version of the e-Golf (details), Kia has introduced a new base "e" trim level to its lineup, or Soul EV-e if you will.

2016 Soul EV Retains Standard L2/CHAdeMO Front Charge Ports

2016 Soul EV Retains Standard L2/CHAdeMO Front Charge Ports

The new Soul EV-e will start at $31,950, which is $2,000 less expensive than last year's standard "EV" model, and $4,000 less than the "EV+" (Sun & Fun Package) trim level.

The only caveat to the new lower-priced Soul EV, is that Kia has decided to make it a California-only offering.  So, while the company just announced the plug-in's arrival in Washington and Oregon, this model won't be made available anywhere but California.

Our friends at Kia-World.net (which is a swell place to keep up to date on everything Soul EV) also dropped us a line to let us in on some other new features for the 2016 Soul EV ahead of Kia's official announcement:

The former base model, the Soul EV, now becomes the middle trim, and will now come with a heat pump HVAC system.  It will also feature upgraded windshield washers, side mirrors with turn signals, navigation system, rear backup camera display, UVO eServices, luggage net, cargo net, and much more.

Even more features – heated and ventilated seats, park assist system, leather seats, upgraded interior lights, etc. – are found on the 2016 Soul EV+.

There is also the option of a Sun & Fun Package ($1,100) which adds a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting,speaker lights, nozzle locking function for SAE J1772 port (inboard port) and illuminated AUX/USB port.

No Word On If Production Will Be Upped From The Current Monthly Run Of About ~500 Units

No Word On If Production Will Be Upped From The Current Monthly Run Of About ~500 Units

Kia Motors noted some new standard features and color choices for the 2016 Soul EV lineup:

Additional 2016 enhancements standard across the Soul EV lineup include a charge port nozzle lock, an illuminated Aux/USB port, and two new exterior colors:  Shadow Black and Bright Silver.

Mechanically the Kia remains the same and continues to be rated at an EPA estimated range of 93 miles and an EPA MPGe of 92 miles highway and 120 miles city for a combined mileage of 105 miles via a 27 kWh air-cooled,  200 wh/kg battery.

The 2016 Kia Soul EV will be on sale by month's end.