LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13, 2015 — Based on Kia’s award-winning Soul EV compact car (which this green auto journalist is currently and very happily road testing), Kia today “stormed” the 2015 Chicago Auto Show by launching the very first AWD CUV in all-electric drive, the 2015 Kia Trail’ster. Why is the 2015 Kia Trail’ster a Soul-meets-Evoke love child?
Kia says the Trail’ster was “conceived” in the company’s Irvine, Calif. design studio and was intended for “urban escapes and mountain adventures.” From the first looks of the Trail’ster at this morning’s Chicago show, this EV is the darling child of Kia’s Soul and Land Rover’s Evoque. Leveraging Rover’s futuristic CUV design of the Evoque seems a bit like stealing, but Kia has hit the hard-to-get-right design mark with its new urban-meets-outdoor CUV in all-electric form.
Here in LA’s Hollywood Hills, EVs are surprisingly everywhere these days. This automotive journalist and EV road tester spies them (most notably Tesla, BMW’s i3 and Fiat’s 500e) on fast-moving historic Sunset Boulevard, parked along cottage-lined streets in the 90046/69 and tucked away in the underground garage at the star-studded 8000 Sunset parking garage (which has installed EV chargers months ago and building management confirms they are frustratingly waiting for DWP to approve).
Kia seems to have thought of just about everything an EV driver would need in its Soul EV—especially its best-in-class driving range (108 miles on a full charge!). So this pumped-up AWD Trail’ster EV stepchild portends to be ever more impressive.
In just 24 hours of driving Kia’s Soul EV, this road tester has fallen in love with the charms of this baby EV, including the excellent technology, airy cabin and zippy performance.
Are you trying your best to resist the violent petro dollar and go as local and sustainable as possibly in your transportation choices? @Kia’s 2015 #Trailster may be the best #green #car yet for #active people seeking an #EV #auto rebirth.