Kia Soul EV Production to Start Next Month for 2016 Launch

Kia Soul EV Production to Start Next Month for 2016 Launch

Heads up EV fans, Kia is on track to launch its first global battery-powered vehicle in 2016.

The automaker will start building Soul EVs in South Korea next month. This will be Hyundai-Kia’s first pure-electric model for export markets; it’s expected to go on sale both in the United States and Europe.

The amped-up Kia Soul offers 92 miles of driving range following a rapid charge, which takes anywhere from 24 to 33 minutes. A slower replenishment of the battery pack takes some four hours.

In its home market the Soul EV will cost around 42 million won, which is about $39,400, but that price will fall by about half when South Korean government subsidies are factored in. That reduced figure is similar to what a high-end gasoline-powered model costs.

The company has set a global sales target of 5,000 units though if more states like California start requiring manufacturers to offer zero-emissions vehicles that figure could grow.

GALLERY: 2015 Kia Soul EV

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[Source: Automotive News]

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