With company cousin Hyundai busy working on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Kia has said it will bring a battery-powered EV to market some time in 2014. We've seen the Ray EV (above), but that was a limited-run production vehicle destined for fleets in Korea. The follow-up is the electrified Soul, and if you're looking for some completely unverified rumors about what the Soul EV will be packing under the hood, Kia World has got you covered.

Kia World says the "mass produced" Soul EV is due in the first half of 2014 for around $35,000 and will be "the very-first electic vehicle to be sold in the global market, including the US, Europe and China." Nissan might take offense at that, but technically, the Leaf will be reworked as the Fengshen E30. As for performance, the Soul EV is supposed to have a range of about 120 miles and a top speed of 87 miles per hours. The 0-60 time will be nothing that impresses ("under 12 seconds" is the rumor) but at least it beats the Ray's time by four seconds.

We've asked Kia for confirmation or denial on these figures, and will let you know if we hear anything substantial.


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      krona2k
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's enough to fuel conspiracy theories: Appalling aero - [CHECK] Horrible design - [CHECK] Poor performance - [CHECK] High price - [CHECK] Save us Tesla!
        Dave
        • 1 Year Ago
        @krona2k
        "We've seen the Ray EV (above), but that was a limited-run production vehicle destined for fleets in Korea. The follow-up is the electrified Soul...."
        Dave
        • 1 Year Ago
        @krona2k
        "High price - [CHECK] Save us Tesla!" wow.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dave
          Maybe someday, not yet though.
          krona2k
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dave
          The point is their aim has always been to produce an affordable model. When they do I expect it will share many characteristics of the Model S though they'll have to make some comprises.
      fairfireman21
      • 1 Year Ago
      $35,000 for a Scion look alike with electric motors. NOT A CHANCE!!! They are ugly, under performing, sardine can, scrunch, turds!
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice looking car. I would be interested to buy if it were fit with a small gasoline range extender like the volt or bmw i3
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 120 miles of range may possibly be on the very, very lenient Japanese cycle or similar, and might translate to the same real world range as the Leaf, or less.
      David Murray
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't get it.. They made it even uglier than the regular Soul. What is the idea here? My only guess is they want to produce a car that nobody will buy and then can claim there is no market for EVs?
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Facepalm aerodynamics
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        When I saw the title and picture, I thought your head would explode. Next up....an EV house on wheels!
      Jesse Gurr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tesla is also planning to be sold in Europe and Asia. Who will be first? Let the competition begin!!
      Peter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tough sell. Leaf = same range (Japanese cycle ie 200Km) Leaf $28,800 < Soul EV at $35,000 Leaf 0-60 under 10s < Soul EV at under 12s and yes Zero happy Dan's Save us Nissan (I would wait until Tesla is worth $50b before I expect to see them competing at the <$30 K level)
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Peter
        Now now now....as far as Happy Dans... :( lightweight :( aero (he's pissed in this case) :( cheap :( aero :) electric I think the electric would elicit a smile...
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Peter
        There is absolutely no reason for Tesla to even try. Let the big boys fight it out for the basic car. Tesla should stick with the high end market.
          throwback
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          I agree, Tesla is a premium car company. There is no need to go down market.
        Nicholas (Kompulsa)
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Peter
        The Leaf's range is 75 miles per charge, and the Soul is 120 miles. I think Autoblog would have told us if the 120 miles was determined on the Japanese test cycle.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Could they possibly have selected a less aerodynamic vehicle?!?! What were they thinking?
        karlInSanDiego
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        That photo gallery is not the Soul which is what they're proposing to build. That is the Ray, which was probably meant to be a city car concept which wouldn't benefit from good aero much anyway. Admittedly, the Soul's also tall and boxy, but it's windshield is raked much more. Speaking of aero, did you guys notice that Mercedes Benz CLA250 has an all conquering drag coefficient of 0.23 making it current king of aero (before factoring in frontal area)?
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        in b4 my comment..
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        They do make the Kia Soul. A car that I refused at the car rental counter.
          paulwesterberg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          The gas soul also has poor aerodynamics and only manages 27mpg combined.
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