Kia Soul EV Could Become Kiwi EV
Hyundai and its sister car company, Kia, have been generating a lot of publicity with their plan to be among the first companies to introduce hydrogen fuel cell vehicles produced for commercial sale as early as next year: Toyota and Honda, together are targeting the year after, 2015, for their proposed fuel cell sedan launches.
What's been getting less attention is the anticipated introduction of an all-electric Kia Soul, the trendy little urban mini-SUV, based, asserts Voxy, on the Track'r concept car featured above.
Kia estimates that the Soul EV will have a range of 192km (120 mi) on a single charge of its 27kWh lithium-ion battery, which has a storage capacity 40% greater than the Nissan Leaf electric car.
The management at Kia's New Zealand operation say they are in talks with their bosses in Seoul about the possibility of bringing the battery electric car there, as well as the UK. At this point, no firm decision has been made about the introduction of a Kiwi EV.
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