The Korean automaker has announced that following the launch of the Soul EV in California, the compact all-electric Soul will go on sale in Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Kia is choosing to expand to these states due to their charging infrastructure with over 1,800 charging stations combined. Dealerships wishing to sell the Soul EV will have to be certified and Kia will announce those eligible dealerships closer to the Soul EV’s on-sale date in the expansion states.
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Kia will expand first to Georgia during the second quarter, calling the state its home since the company broke ground in 2006 on its $1 billion assembly plant in West Point. The rollout for sales in the other four states will commence in June.
“From the inception of the Soul EV program, Kia’s sales strategy has been progressive and pragmatic,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, KMA. “With the level of demand and supporting infrastructure in the state, California was a natural place to start, but we’ve been carefully studying other markets. Between consumer reaction to the Soul EV and growing infrastructure programs in these five states, this is a logical – and exciting – next step in our rollout plan.”
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