Currently, the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S are really the only electric vehicles offered on a widespread basis, but the 2015 Kia Soul EV will soon join these ranks, as Kia plans to sell the car in five more states. When it went on sale last year, the Soul EV was only available in California, but by the start of summer, customers in Georgia, Texas, Hawaii, Washington and Oregon will all be able to electrify their Soul.

Kia credits growing EV demand as the reason these five states were chosen, but of equal importance is the established electric vehicle infrastructure. According to Kia’s press release, the U.S. Department of Energy lists 1,800 charging stations in the new markets, including almost 300 in Georgia alone. Only select Kia dealerships will be able to sell the car, and those that do will get EV charging stations for customer use.

At $33,700, the Kia Soul EV is priced slightly higher than the $29,010 Nissan Leaf, but it will be interesting to see how the expanded sales of the Kia Soul EV affects the Leaf.

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Beyond these five new markets, Kia says that Soul EV sales will be added to even more markets in 2016, and hopefully, additional automakers will follow suit by offering customers better access to these electric vehicles.

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Press Release

A MOTORS AMERICA EXPANDS SOUL EV AVAILABILITY TO FIVE ADDITIONAL STATES

Hot-Selling Soul Electric Vehicle Will be Available for Sale in Georgia in Q2; Oregon, Washington, Texas and Hawaii Anticipated in June

•Expansion into five new states underlines Kia’s commitment to green mobility and its fun and funky alternative fuel vehicle

•Solid infrastructure and consumer demand propel Soul EV beyond California

IRVINE, Calif., March 25, 2015– Following the successful launch of the Soul EV late last year in California, Kia Motors America (KMA) is proud to announce it is expanding availability of its fullycharged urban runabout into five new states: Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Electric vehicle demand has been growing in these states, and consumers there have expressed significant interest in Soul EV. And with more than 1,8001 charging stations combined, the robust EV infrastructure within these markets makes battery-powered travel convenient and an increasingly appealing choice for consumers. Within each state, select Kia retailers will be certified to sell and service the Soul EV, and customers will have access to charging stations installed at these facilities. The Soul EV-authorized Kia dealership locations will be announced closer to the Soul EV’s on-sale date in the expansion states later this year. Additional markets are set to come online in 2016.

“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 growinginfrastructure programs in these five states, this is a logical – and exciting – next step in our rollout plan.”

Kia has called Georgia home since the late-2006 groundbreaking for the $1-billion Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) assembly plant in West Point, and it’s where the second phase of the Soul EV’s expansion will kick off. Sales are set to begin during the second quarter in the “Peach State,” and Soul EV owners will easily be able to locate the 2842 charging stations statewide using the standard UVO EV Services3 telematics system. Available at no cost for the first five years of ownership, UVO EV Services utilizes an embedded connectivity solution powered by the Verizon4 network and an integral smartphone app to provide Soul EV owners with an innovative, real-time, in-vehicle connectivity experience that includes navigation and a host of added convenience features.

Following the Soul EV’s expansion into Georgia, four other states – Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Texas – are expected to come online in June, and KMA continues to investigate the possibility of offering the Soul EV in other states as well. Offered in two trims, Base and + (Plus), the 2015 Soul EV MSRP5 is $33,700 (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500) for the Base and $35,700 (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500) for the Plus. A lease price of $249/month for the Soul EV Base6 is also available.

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