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Old 05-13-2014, 01:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2016 Hyundai-Kia Soul EV...in the wild

A few times a year, I would see a few dazzle-camouflaged vehicles mix in our LA commuter traffic. They usually travel east to Nevada deserts for hot weather-testing or returning back to any one of the many manufacturers' California HQs.

This AM saw a camo-covered vehicle with Michigan-manufacturer plates. The body style was 'hamster' recognizable, a Kia Soul, but it did not have any exhaust pipes and it had a covered grill. It is most likely the Hyundai-Kia's Soul EV 2016, to be launched next year for export NA markets. It will be available in South Korea in June. It will have a 92 miles of driving range and rapid recharge takes about half an hour, full battery pack replenishment takes four hours.

...be taking more pics of any more sightings, especially EV models!

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Old 05-13-2014, 08:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I thought the Kia Soul EV was going to be sold this year? That would make it a 2015 model, I think.
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I still don't understand why Kia/Hyundai never offered a hybrid version of the Soul, since it could share many of its components with the Korean-market Elantra LPI. Or even a hybrid version for the Sorento with the driveline of the Sonata Hybrid as a competitor to the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
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California will scoop up many of it. Kia Soul EV Production to Start Next Month for 2016 Launch AutoGuide.com News

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