June 12, 2014

Kia starts production of all-electric Soul EV at Gwangju

Kia Motors has begun volume production of its new all-electric Kia Soul EV for export sales. A landmark in Kias history, the zero-emissions Soul EV is Kia's first electric vehicle to be marketed by the company outside Korea.

The first vehicles off the production line are
destined for select European countries and are scheduled to go on sale across the continent during the second half of the year. The Soul EV is manufactured at Kia's Gwangju facility in Korea, where annual output of the electric car is initially planned to reach 5,000 units.

Now that production of export models has begun, the new Soul EV is truly at the forefront of Kia's 'Clean Mobility program, providing environmentally-friendly transport to our customers around the world," said Thomas Oh, Executive Vice-President and COO, Kia Motors Corporation.

Although it is Kia's first globally-sold all-electric vehicle, the Soul EV is our second-generation battery electric vehicle and benefits significantly from our in-depth experience gained from development of the Ray EV and proven daily operations of the Ray EV fleet in Korea for the past three years."

The Soul EV will go on sale in the UK from late 2014. 


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