After starting testing of an all electric version of the popular Soul vehicle in early 2013, Kia announced they would be producing the Kia Soul EV and it would go on sale in 2014.
In March 2014, Kia said it is targeting sales of 5000 Soul Electric Vehicles by the end of 2014, which is quite ambitious considering the vehicle enters production in April 2014 and will only be available in the US late in the year.
Sales of the Kia Soul EV in South Korea started in March of 2014.
US Availability of the Soul EV
UPDATE: The Kia Soul EV went on sale in California in late 2014. In March 2015, Kia North America announced that after the success of the Soul EV in California, they would be expanding availability to 5 additional states. Georgia will receive the Soul EV in the second quarter of 2015, with Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and Texas getting the vehicle later in the year – perhaps as early as June.
Initially, Kia said that the Soul EV will be available in the US some time during the fourth quarter of 2014, likely has a 2015 model year. No specific dates have been given, and no markets have been given. There is speculation that it will be available in California (obviously), but as to whether or not it will be available nationwide is speculation.
At the Detroit Auto Show on February 6th, 2014, Kia announced the Soul EV would initially be sold in California and Oregon as well as New York, New Jersey and Maryland, the regions “with the largest EV markets and infrastructure.” Kia didn’t mention whether or not the Soul EV would eventually be offered nationwide, but did say they will “look to offer the vehicle in other markets in the near future.”
In a February 24th press release, Kia said they will look to offer the vehicle in additional markets as “infrastructure and demand grow.”
As of September 12, the Kia website says the Soul EV will be “Available in California in the fall, with East Coast availability expected in 2015”
Canadian Availability of the Kia Soul EV
Opposite to how most electric vehicles have been rolled out/released/unveiled, Canada will actually receive the Kia Soul EV before the USA. Deliveries are expected to begin from select dealerships next fall.
There are rumors that only 100 of these electric vehicles will be available in the country, but Kia has said the ‘2015 Kia Soul EV will immediately knock its main competitors out of the endurance race’. It’s unclear whether Kia is referring to sales numbers or range numbers.
European Soul Electric Availability
In September 2014, Kia announced the Soul EV will go on sale in 16 European countries in the fourth quarter of 2014.
In a February 24th press release, Kia says the Soul EV is “expected to go on sale in European markets in the Autumn.”
On June 12, 2014, production began for export to select European markets. Kia said sales are scheduled for those markets during the second half of 2014.
The Kia Soul EV went on sale in Norway in August 2014, and Kia was able to deliver 9 units by the end of the month
UPDATE: The Kia Soul EV is now for sale. There is only a single trim available, but it is loaded, and is £24,995 after the government’s £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant.
Kia has confimed it will be introducing the Soul EV into Britain. Sales expected to start in Fall 2014.
Kia Motors New Zealand wants the Soul EV – and since the right hand drive version is available (because Kia will be taking the electric vehicle to Britain), Kia New Zealand has started talks with their parent company in Korea in hopes of getting the EV into the country.
Soul EV in South Africa
Kia South Africa has imported some test units to gauge interest and trial the Soul EV in local conditions. Kia hopes to formally launch the electric vehicle sometime in 2015.