2014 Kia Soul Expected to Yield All-Electric Version Next Year

By Jacob Brown | May 23, 2013
Kia Motors is having a busy year, reloading with seven all-new or refreshed vehicles this year, not the least of which is the 2014 Kia Soul that we first saw at the New York Auto Show. If you believe Kia World, a fan site, an all-electric version of the Kia Soul could be coming as early as next year. Kia World says that the 2014 Kia Soul EV would be a follow-up to the Korea-exclusive Kia Ray EV. But it'll be sold worldwide this time. The Soul EV is expected to see the light of day during the first half of 2014, boasting the ability to travel as much as 120 miles on a single charge. That would rank it among the best for an electric vehicle, right above the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV and below the Tesla Model S. Kia World also says that it should have a top speed in excess of 87 mph and should cost about $35,000.
This report has some validity, as we know Kia's corporate cousin, Hyundai, is working on an all-electric car of its own. The two cars may share parts beneath their respective sheetmetals. We also know Kia needs a fuel-efficient car or two to meet upcoming CAFE standards, and it's not done rolling out new cars and minivans, per our report earlier this week. But we would like to know where Kia World is getting its information. On another part of its site, it's suggesting the 2014 Kia Rondo will be making its way back to the U.S. after a multi-year hiatus. The hatchback sells in Canada--and quite well, might we add. We've spoken to company officials, however, and it's not coming back. Information like that draws suspicion to whether or not Kia World is spitting out wild rumors or whether it actually has some exclusive news to share. Source: Kia World