Kia Soul EV is not coming to the USA
Yesterday I was driving the Connecticut highway when I came across a newer Kia Soul in red. I’ve always liked these cars and Kia has kept making them more appealing since they first appeared in 2008. Maybe it was the cool and oh so cute hamster commercials that made soul so popular for me.
The Soul is like the Tesla Cybertruck – you either love it or not. Personally, I find it very appealing and have often thought to myself: “That would be a great electric car if it charged quickly and had a range of 250 miles.” But it shouldn’t be. At the Chicago Auto Show this week, a Kia spokesman said Autoblog The company has no plans to bring the next-generation Soul EV to America, although it appears to be sold in Europe and Canada.
Why this? Basically because the Soul EV is built on a hybrid chassis that can also be powered by a gasoline engine. The soul, as good as it is, is yesterday’s technology. It’s time to empty the decks and focus on pure EVs in the future.
The current Soul EV was delayed in part due to battery supply issues. It was only sold in states that meet California emissions regulations for vehicles, so when I searched for one online in Florida last winter, it wasn’t for sale anywhere in the state. The Soul EV is due for a refresher, but the updated version won’t be sold in America.
Instead, the company chose to focus on the Niro EV, which has a more subtle shape and is larger inside. Kia has decided that it will be the affordable electric crossover that best suits American tastes. It has more of that crossover vibe that many US customers crave, but it’s still built on a hybrid chassis and isn’t marketed in all states.
However, the Soul EV will be the primary Kia small electric vehicle for Europe, where its funky looks and hatchback configuration are considered more suitable for that region. For the same reason, the Volkswagen ID. 3 is not available in America. The rulers of both companies have ordered that people in the US will not buy them and therefore they will not waste their time importing and promoting them.
This is America’s loss. If I could get a decent range Soul EV at a decent price in white with the red roof option (the black with red roof would do too) and a full federal tax credit, I would have one in my driveway tomorrow. Too bad Kia. You almost had me