Kia May Bring Out RayEV Electric Car in 2014
Kia’s first all-electric car will be based on the next-generation Kia Soul, according to the company. It will be launched in 2014, but no other details about the project were forthcoming.
However, sources say that the all-new Soul will be launched next spring at either the Chicago or New York auto shows. Disguised Soul development cars from Kia’s German technical HQ at Russelsheim have been spotted on UK roads in recent weeks.
Kia has also just launched its first petrol-electric hybrid in Europe in the form of the Mondeo-class Optima HEV. It has been on sale in the US and South Korea for the last 20 months, but will not be offered in the UK. Powered by a 148bhp Atkinson cycle petrol engine, a 39bhp electric motor and an unusual lithium-polymer battery pack, Kia is claiming emissions of just 125g/km.
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