Following the successful launch of the Soul Electric Vehicle (EV) late last year in California, Kia Motors America (KMA) is proud to announce it is expanding availability of its fully charged urban runabout into a new state: Georgia.
(Kia Expands Soul Electric Vehicle Availability to Georgia. Image courtesy Kia Motors of America.)Electric vehicle demand has been growing in the Peach State, and consumers here have expressed significant interest in Soul EV.
Within Georgia, select Kia retailers will be certified to sell and service the Soul EV, and customers will have access to charging stations installed at these facilities. The Soul EV-authorized Kia dealership locations will be announced closer to the Soul EV's on-sale date later this year. Additional markets are set to come online throughout 2015 and 2016.
"From the inception of the Soul EV program, Kia's sales strategy has been progressive and pragmatic," said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, KMA. "With the level of demand and supporting infrastructure in the state, California was a natural place to start, but we've been carefully studying other markets."
Kia has called Georgia home since the late-2006 groundbreaking for the $1-billion Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) assembly plant in West Point, and it's where the second phase of the Soul EV's expansion will kick off.
"This is a logical – and exciting – next step in our rollout plan," Hedrick continued.
Sales are set to begin during the second quarter in the Peach State.
Following the Soul EV's expansion into Georgia, four other states – Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Texas – are expected to come online in June. Offered in two trims, Base and + (Plus), the 2015 Soul EV MSRP5 is $33,700 (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500) for the Base and $35,700 (not including federal tax rebate of $7,500) for the Plus. A lease price of $249/month for the Soul EV Base6 is also available.