The funky Kia Soul EV is now available in four additional states, extending the Soul EV’s reach to a total of ten states. The boxy electric hatch is now available in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland.
Previously, availability of the Soul EV was restricted to California, Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii. In these four new states, a total of 19 dealers will be certified to sell and service the electric hatch. Along with basic service, buyers have access to charging stations at each certified dealer. In New York, eight dealerships will receive certification, along with six in New Jersey, three in Maryland, and two Connecticut dealers.
The Soul EV is one of our favorite electric vehicles, with great usability and a usable range. The Soul EV is powered by a 90-kilowatt electric motor, sending 109 hp and a respectable 210 lb-ft of torque. With an EPA-rated electric driving range of 93 miles, the Soul is slightly behind the Nissan Leaf, which has a 107 mile range, but ahead of other EVs like the Ford Focus Electric (76 miles) and Chevrolet Spark EV (82 miles). When we commuted in the Soul EV last year, we found it to have plenty of range for longer commutes as long as we plugged it in during work hours.
The 2016 Kia Soul EV begins at $34,525, not including the available federal tax credit.