Kia Soul should start producing EV in April
Kia Motors announced that it will begin manufacturing the Soul EV in South Korea in April. The car will be the first vehicle powered by battery Hyundai-Kia to be exported to markets in the United States and Europe.
For this year, the global sales target is 5,000 EV Kia Soul, said Cho Yong-won, vice president of Marketing Kia site. The car can run up to 148 miles on a quick charge 24-33 minutes or 4 hours in trickle charge.
Hyundai, as well as Japanese rival Toyota, has long been focusing their attentions on powered fuel cells powered by electricity generated from hydrogen, touting their recharge times shorter and its longer-range vehicles.
But, like Toyota, Hyundai is expanding its offering to also invest in battery-powered cars. "There is no clear direction on what environmentally friendly cars will win. Dividing We are the roles of Hyundai and Kia, the first with the launch of fuel cell cars and the second focusing on electric cars being" said senior vice president Lee Ki-sang, who heads the divisions of cars sustainable businesses.
"But the time will come when the Kia will introduce a fuel cell car. Hyundai is also preparing to launch an electric car (with battery) in 2016," he added.