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Kia Motors launches Soul EV in four new US markets

CTBR Staff Writer Published 08 October 2015

Kia Motors America (KMA) is expanding the availability of Soul Electric Vehicle (Soul EV) to four new US states including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland, increasing the number of states selling Soul EV to ten.


The expansion forms a part of the company's commitment to green mobility and it comes in response to growing consumer demand for the alternative-fuel vehicle.

The Soul EV can be easily charged by plugging it into any standard 120v outlet or a conventional 240v EV charger.

The vehicle's two charging ports are standard, including a SAE J1772 port for Level 1 and Level 2 AC, and a 480V CHAdeMo DC fast-charging port.

KMA product planning vice president Orth Hedrick said: "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."

The Soul EV will be sold across the four states through 19 certified Kia dealers and customers will have access to charging stations installed at these facilities.

This front-wheel-drive EV is powered by a 81.4KW electric motor. 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 company said.

Image: The Soul EV will be sold across the four states through 19 certified Kia dealers. Photo: courtesy of PRNewswire / Kia Motors America.