2015 Kia Soul EV

Kia announced today that its Soul EV – an all-electric version of its quirky little subcompact – is now going on sale in California.

2015 Kia Soul EV

The 2015 Soul EV is Kia’s first U.S.-market all-electric vehicle.

Prices start at $33,700, not including destination charge or the $7500 federal tax credit, with special leases expected to start at $249/month. Though the Base model is well equipped, a higher-line version called the Plus adds leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and other features at a list price of $35,700.

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 That puts the Soul EV in contention with the best-selling electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf (starting at about $29,000), along with the Chevrolet Volt (about $34,300), Ford Focus EV ($35,170), and new Volkswagen e-Golf ($35,455).

2015 Kia Soul prices and equipment

2015 Kia Soul EV

Kia claims Soul can be fully charged using a level 2 (240-volt) charger in just 5 hours.

The EPA has rated the Soul EV at 105 MPGe (combined city/highway) with a range of 93 miles – what Kia claims is best-in-class. Kia also says the EV maintains nearly all of the cargo-carrying capability of its gas-powered sibling.

Sales are expected to expand to include the east coast early next year. No word yet on whether the Soul EV will be sold nationally.

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