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The next-generation Kia Soul EV electric car won’t go on auction in the United States for the 2020 archetypal year, as originally declared by Kia. The U.S. barrage has been pushed aback until the 2021 agenda year at the earliest, according to Green Car Reports, which cites a Kia spokesperson.
When the third-generation Kia Soul was apparent in November 2018 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, both gasoline and all-electric versions were shown. But while the gasoline Soul is now on auction in the U.S., the Soul EV has been captivated up. The car, which is already on auction in Europe, was originally accepted to hit U.S. showrooms in the bounce of 2019. U.S. buyers will now accept to adjournment almost two years, although alike the 2021 ambition date is accountable to change, according to Green Car Reports. Bound assembly accommodation is causing the delay.
“The all-around appeal for Kia electric cartage continues to abound and exceeds Kia’s accepted assembly capacity,” a Kia agent told Digital Trends. “To abode accumulation constraints, Kia Motors America (KMA) has absitively to adjournment the Soul EV to the 2021 agenda year. This activity will acquiesce KMA to apply the bound accumulation of EV apparatus to one model, the Niro EV, to bigger accommodated chump demand.”
Supply constraints accept additionally slowed the U.S. rollout of the Hyundai Kona Electric, which the Soul EV shares a basal belvedere with. The Kona has accustomed acclaim from reviewers and has amid the longest ranges of any boilerplate electric car (an EPA-rated 258 miles), but Hyundai has been apathetic to aggrandize sales.
The new Soul EV could be account the wait, though. It’s accepted to badly advance on the ambit of its predecessor, which was rated at 111 miles. The EPA has already accepted a ambit appraisement of 243 afar for the new model. The new Soul EV boasts a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion array pack, and an electric motor authoritative 201 application and 291 pound-feet of torque.
The Soul EV shares its array backpack and electric powertrain with the Kia Niro EV, which is currently accessible in the U.S. (Kia additionally sells amalgam and constituent amalgam versions of the Niro). The Niro takes a slight hit in ambit compared to the Soul (it’s rated at 239 miles). The Niro EV is able with a Combined Charging Standard (CCS) DC fast-charging arrangement that can complete an 80 percent recharge in 75 minutes, according to Kia. That’s a bit slower than rivals, so hopefully, Kia can advance achievement for the Soul EV advanced of the car’s U.S. launch.
It’s cryptic how Kia will position the two models to abstain them cannibalizing anniversary other’s sales. Kia currently sells electric cars in aloof 13 states, but that could change as the automaker, forth with ancestor cast Hyundai, moves to add added zero-emission models to its lineup.
Updated on October 21, 2019: Added account from a Kia spokesperson.