Kia just announced pricing for its first electric car! The 2015 Kia Soul EV will arrive later this year starting at $33,700. With a price tag just shy of $34k before any tax incentives, the Soul EV will be pricier than the Nissan Leaf.
The Soul EV will be offered in two trim levels: Base and Plus, with the latter starting at $35,700. It comes standard with a navigation system, Bluetooth, a rear view camera and a 6.6kW on-board charger. The Plus model adds leather trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. The Soul EV has a slightly longer driving range than the Nissan Leaf at 93 miles vs. 84 miles.
Recharging times vary from 24 hours for a fully depleted battery using a standard 120v outlet and under five hours when plugged into a 240v outlet. The vehicle can be charged to 80% from empty in as little as 33 minutes with a 50 kW-output DC fast charger. Kia has announced that 17 Kia retailers in California will be equipped with multiple Level 2 chargers and a DC fast charger, bringing California’s DC fast charging network total to 215 – a nearly nine percent increase statewide.
After the federal tax rebate of $7,500, the Soul EV’s price drops to $26,200. Buyers can also lease the Soul EV for $249 a month for 36 months. The Soul EV will initially only be available in California, but Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland will eventually get the electric Soul.