KIA North America announced they are expanding the availability of the 2016 KIA Soul EV to four more states.
Good news if you’re in the market for a KIA Soul EV and live in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Maryland. Kia announced earlier today (Oct. 8, 2015) that they are now selling the 2016 KIA Soul EV in those four states now bringing the total to ten states selling this 93-mile range electric vehicle. Initially KIA only sold the Soul EV in California, Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii but now are training a couple of techs and dealerships across the country to be able to handle the unique maintenance features (or lack thereof) of electric vehicles.
"“Kia’s sales strategy for the Soul EV has been progressive and pragmatic since its launch late last year,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, KMA. “California consumers created a high level of demand, and the state’s large infrastructure made it a natural place to start. Between consumer reaction to the Soul EV and growing infrastructure programs in states such as these in the Northeast, this is a logical – and exciting – next step in our rollout plan.”"
Earlier this week we ranked the 2016 KIA Soul EV #4 among the 12 available electric cars on the market today. With an MSRP of $31, 950 before the federal tax incentive of $7,500, it’s not exactly cheap but then again it’s not all that expensive with the massive discount. With seating for five and plenty of range, enough to give the Nissan Leaf a run for its money, the 2016 KIA Soul EV seems to be a smart choice if you’re foraying into the uncharted territory of electric vehicles.
KIA’s expansion into East Coast states bodes well for electric vehicles in general. Hopefully this bold move by KIA can push some car manufacturers to consider pouring more R&D into electric vehicles and realize that this burgeoning market is worth the risk.