Kia Soul EV U.S. Update
If you’ve been tracking the Kia brand and its upcoming vehicles, you may have been anxiously awaiting the Kia Soul EV. The boxy little electric vehicle was set to deliver a 243-mile range with signature Kia style. It’s been nearly two years since Kia revealed the vehicle’s redesign, so you may be wondering when the Kia Soul EV will debut.
Unfortunately, it looks like the Kia Soul EV will stay in our jar of hopes and dreams and won’t be coming to the U.S. – at least not any time soon. This 2021 Kia Soul EV U.S. update guide is here to give you the scoop on what’s happening with the electrified Kia Soul.
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Kia Soul EV Delayed for U.S. Market
When Kia announced the Soul EV model, enthusiasts rejoiced at the idea of an electrified version of the iconic boxy Kia subcompact vehicle. Since the model was announced, there have been setbacks and delays in the U.S. market release, from 2019 to 2020 and now to 2021. The reason behind the delays? It is likely a result of parts shortages, which may lead to a permanent retraction from the U.S. market.
Suspicions on the eventual release of the Soul EV have been growing ever since the vehicle was removed from the Kia website, however, no official word has been released on the status of the electric variant.
Will the U.S. See an Electric Kia Soul?
While hopes were high for the eventual debut of an electric Kia Soul on U.S. soil, right now our hopes remain low. As the release date continues to be pushed back and is now at a standstill, we aren’t sure if the vehicle will ever make its way over to the U.S. market. Some may argue that the need for the Kia Soul EV has gone away in the years since its big announcement thanks to the electric variants Kia has added to its lineup. However, if the Kia Soul EV does join the U.S. lineup in 2021 as some rumors still suggest, we expect the vehicle will fit right in among the rest of the electrified vehicles in the Kia lineup.
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Buy a New Kia Soul at Friendly Kia
If the Kia Soul EV joins the U.S. lineup local shoppers can count on finding it here at Friendly Kia in New Port Richey, FL. If you are looking to get behind the wheel of a new Kia Soul today, head over to the Friendly Kia inventory to view our current lineup of new Kia Soul models.