Kia says batteries and electric motors are in short supply.
Not long ago, we alerted you that the all-new fully redesigned 243-mile 2020 Kia Soul EV was going to be delayed in the United States. Rather than arriving soon, it was pushed back to at least next year. Kia Motors America COO Michael Cole previously shared, "Soul EV will probably be (coming to the U.S.) next year.”
Fast-forward to the present, and Cole's use of the word "probably" was a wise word choice. This is because now Kia has confirmed that the new Soul EV won't come as a 2020 model or arrive anytime in 2020. Instead, it's delayed until at least 2021.
The redesigned 2020 Soul has been available now in the U.S. for some time, so even after the initial delays, some people still expected that the all-electric variant would eventually come forth as a 2020 model at some point next year. Moreover, the 2020 Soul EV is already sold in markets outside of the states.
Sadly, Kia says battery supply is limited and it's experiencing an electric motor shortage. Perhaps launching the Niro EV not long ago contributed to these issues? Not to mention sister automaker Hyundai's popular Kona Electric. which recently came to market.
Gallery: 2019 Kia e-Soul
This information pertaining to the latest Soul EV delay came via Green Car Reports. The publication reached out to Kia spokesperson Neil Dunlop for confirmation. He said that the Soul EV won't come until at least 2021, but that may change.
While it's exciting to see Kia and Hyundai diving into EVs — and doing a solid job with these new offerings — the fact that they're only available in a handful of states and now delayed is frustrating, though expected.
When you can finally get your hands on the upcoming Soul EV, it seems you'll be quite impressed. In addition to the car's sizable passenger and cargo areas, it offers an EPA-estimated 243 miles of range and can charge faster than some rivals. In addition, it comes packed with intuitive tech features and a healthy assortment of standard active safety systems.