All-electric Kia Soul confirmed for UK

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 16:00
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GREEN: All-electric Kia Soul announced

An all-electric version of the new Kia Soul will definitely hit UK shores, it has been confirmed.

Kia are launching the combustion-engine version of the vehicle early next year, with the EV expected to follow in just over 12months’ time.

Yaser Shabsogh, UK Commercial Director of Kia, said: “We want the car.

“We have the technology so we want it so we can demonstrate it.

“It gives us a real branding opportunity.

“We are still working on our strategy for the EV.

“We haven’t decided yet whether we are going to sell the battery or lease it.”

If the car is sold as a complete package, Mr Shabsogh anticipates a price of at least £20,000 before the government’s low emission vehicle grant of up to £5,000.

“It is not going to be priced to try to stimulate demand,” he added.

“We won’t be selling hundreds of them – maybe a couple of hundred, mostly in the key metropolitan areas.

“But the biggest question at the moment is not where we will be selling them but the support for these cars – the servicing and charging networks.”

Additional reporting courtesy of headlineauto, with thanks.

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