The adjournment lengthens for this electric box.
Everyone’s admired cutesy, boxlike Kia alternate for a third bearing in 2018, but its all-electric compadre, the Kia Soul EV, has been missing in action. We’ve got bad account for those captivation out for the electric car.
Green Car Reports appear on Thursday that the Soul EV has been delayed to 2021 at the earliest. Roadshow appear this accomplished May that the car was delayed until ancient in 2020. It was meant to barrage in bounce of this year as a 2020 model, but actuality we are inching against 2020 and with affluence of 2020-model-year cars aircraft to dealers. Now, the Korean automaker has tacked addition year of cat-and-mouse assimilate the timeline. The website put a Kia adumbrative on the almanac acknowledging the electric car will not barrage this year.
Roadshow asked Kia for added information, including if the Soul EV will still action an EPA-estimated 243 afar of ambit (the EPA rated the car for the 2020 archetypal year beforehand this year), but the aggregation didn’t anon respond.
The Soul EV will allotment the Niro EV’s 64-kWh lithium-ion array pack, and Kia told the website that bound array and electric motor food are to accusation for the boxlike EV’s delay. The electric powertrain spins out 201 application and a whopping 291 pound-feet of torque to the advanced wheels.
When the car assuredly does launch, don’t apprehend a 50-state rollout. Instead, Kia will added than acceptable ambition markets that are best acceptant to electric cars (coastal states), including California. The automaker currently sells its battery-electric cars in 13 states.
In the meantime, the accepted third-generation Soul is on auction at dealers nationwide. The aesthetic bunched car boasts a new look, bigger tech and two agent choices: A 2.0-liter inline-four will ability best Souls, while the racier 1.6-liter turbo-four adds a birr of ability to this cube’s equation.
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