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Kia to Bring All-Electric Soul EV to US in 2014

Fans of electric cars are about to have one more model to choose from. Kia announced yesterday that it is bringing an electric Kia Soul to the U.S. market in 2014.

The Kia Soul EV (Kia Motors America)

Based on the second-generation Soul, which was launched in 2013 for the 2014 model year, Kia says the electric Soul will have a range of more than 120 miles. Charging times will range from five hours for a totally depleted battery with the car plugged into a 240-volt outlet to 25 minutes for a depleted battery using a fast charging station with 100 kilowatt output. Kia says the Kia Soul EV will have about a 12-second 0-to-62 time and a top speed of 90 mph.

The Kia Soul EV follows the trend of car companies marketing all-electric versions of existing models, rather than introducing an entirely new car. In the affordable small car class, where the Kia Soul competes, all-electric models include the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Smart Fortwo EV, Mitsubishi i, Chevrolet Spark EV, Honda Fit EV, Fiat 500e and Scion iQ EV. Many of these models are not available nationwide, however. Kia has not commented on if the Kia Soul EV will be available for purchase in all markets. The price of the Kia Soul EV has also not been released yet.

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