Kia Aims To Sell 5,000 Units Of The Soul EV In 2014

After putting the Soul EV on display in Chicago, USA and Geneva, Europe, Kia has now introduced the all-electric Soul model to the Korean consumers.

During the official launching event yesterday, the automaker announced plans to strat a serial mass production of the zero-emission Soul in April, while domestic sales are scheduled to commence shortly after.

Within a few months, Kia will also begin shipping the model to Europe and USA with the official on-sale date for the US being set for the third quarter of 2014.

As we already reported here at the Kia blog, the 2015 Soul EV will first go on sale in California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Those are the regions with the largest EV markets and infrastructure, according to Kia.

Kia Soul LaunchAdditionally, Kia has also revealed the model’s sales target for 2014.

The carmaker has set an ambitious plan of selling around 5,000 units of the Soul EV globally, this year.

The Korean-market Kia Soul EV price has been set at 42 million won, but the government subsidies can lower that to 21 million won, which is approximately $19,700.

Here are some details on the new Kia Soul EV:

  • – 109 horsepower
  • – 210 Pound-feet of torque
  • – 27 kWh lithium polymer battery pack
  • – Driving range of 80 to 100 miles
  • – 0 to 62 MPH in less than 12 seconds
  • – Top speed of 90 MPH
  • – Recharge in under 5 hours on 240 volt (via 6.6 kW on-board charger) or 80% in 33 minutes via 50 kW CHAdeMO quick charge
  • Segment-leading battery cell energy density of 200 Wh/kg ensures driving range of up to 200km
  • – Innovative application of Nickel-rich high capacity cathode material


Hyundai Plans To Launch An All-Electric Vehicle In 2016

Hyundai will also add a car to the all-electric club before the end of 2016, the first such venture for the company.

They have been pretty much focused on fuel-cell technology to this point, while sister company Kia has been pursuing electric, as witnessed by the new Kia Soul EV.

Hyundai Intrado conceptHyundai Senior VP Lee Ki-sang views that as a dividing of roles, which is why the attentions are now also being turned to electric despite a small market for EV cars in Korea.

The Senior VP went on to say that it isn’t clear at this point which direction will be the more successful, which is why a joint division focusing on zero emission cars is the smart way to go.

By 2016 Hyundai will gave their first battery powered EV, but don’t expect it to look anything like the rather oddly styled i10 BlueOn that was launched in Korea last year.

In similar fashion, Kia is expected to soon have a fuel cell car of their own.

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