LOS ANGELES, September 16, 20015 — For drivers who are ready to join the no-petro-dollar, “clean mobility” movement, Kia has announced pricing on its first mass-produced electric car: the 2015 Kia Soul EV.
This sporty spitfire starts at $33,700 (excluding $7,500 federal tax rebate) or a $249 monthly lease for a thrilling no-torque drive and almost negligible energy costs. Plus, Kia’s Soul EV has the audacity to claim a best-in-class “range” of around 105 miles of city and highway driving with a full charge.
What could be better for helping save the planet than driving around in this hot hatchback?
So, what do you get other than bragging rights for having the first EV on the block?
Kia says its new Soul EV not only has the best range capability of its all-electric competitors (Fiat 500e, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Spark EV, Ford Focus Electric, Honda Fit EV, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the upcoming VW E-Golf), but it also the first vehicle ever to achieve an “automotive environmental validation” by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for “innovative use of bio-based materials.”
In addition, the 2015 Kia Soul EV is equipped with a long list of standard features including a 6.6kW charger, real-time battery level status, charging station search, navigation, back-up camera, hands-free Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, air conditioning, power windows and a smartphone app, which can preset charging times and “precondition” the cold or heat inside the vehicle cabin.
Vegans won’t be happy to hear the Soul EV Plus ($35,700 excluding $7,500 federal tax credit) is also equipped with leather trim seats (heated and ventilated no less), heated rear seats, power-folding outside mirrors and fog lamps.
The 2015 Kia Soul EV will be available at Kia dealerships this fall in California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland.
Ready to go electric and get off the petro dollar for good? The 2015 Kia Soul EV is a great way to embody the spirit of fun-to-drive small cars with save-the-planet consciousness.