Kia’s new Soul EV has already been made available in Europe, but it appears Americans will need to stay patient until some time in 2021 for the upcoming electric Soul EV to go on sale.
The new Soul EV was first introduced at the 2018 LA auto show and was supposed to arrive in 2019. But thanks to popular demand in Europe and limited supply of vital components for the battery and electric motors, the Korean automobile manufacturer is limiting the sales of the EV to the markets where sales are supposedly hot, at least for now.
COO of Kia Motors America Michael Cole recently told the press that EV demand is massive in Europe, where strong regulations are put in place to limit CO2 emissions. Although he didn’t tie this directly to the Soul EV’s delay, he did suggest that the all-electric ‘Kia Niro’ is in high demand in Europe and connected that to a recent drop in sale for that model in the United States.
The incoming Kia Soul EV is a massive improvement in pretty much every way possible from the first-generation model. It is reportedly rated at 243 miles (around 391 km) of range from the EPA all thanks to a 64 kWh liquid-cooled battery pack.
For the sake of comparison, the range we are talking about here is more than twice the 111 miles that the current Soul EV pulls off from its 31.8 kWh battery pack.
It also uses a permanent-magnet synchronous AC electric motor which reportedly produces 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque that should help the EV to go from 0 to 60 mph in about 7 seconds, according to the South Korean company.