A battery-powered version of the Kia Soul compact SUV will go on sale in 2014, according to Headline Auto.
Based on the new generation Soul which went on sale this month, the electric Soul will mark Kia’s first fully electric model to launch in the European market.
Speaking at the recent Pan-European new Sorento launch, Benny Oeyen, European Head of Product Planning & Marketing, anticipated that the electric Soul would go on sale mid-2014.
Kia admits that its experience of producing electric models is brief, turning out just 2,500 of the all-electric Ray mini MPV, most of which went to the South Korean government for tests.
It may be some time before figures regarding the electric Soul’s range and acceleration emerge but information available on the Ray suggests Kia knows what it is doing.
The Ray EV can deliver an all-electric range of 138km (86 miles) depending on driving conditions, drawing power from a 50kW (67hp) electric motor with a 16.4 kW·h lithium ion battery.
It can hit 62mph from a standstill in 15.9 seconds and complete a full fast charge in 25 minutes./
John has been writing about cars since the start of 2011, with a particular fondness for models with USB connectivity and a serious distaste for steering wheels with too many buttons. Can often be found trying to seduce 1.0-litre engines. When away from things that go brum, apostrophe snob John can often be found making noise with varying degrees of musicality.
October 08, 2012
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