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2014 Kia Soul Electric Planned

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When the next-generation Kia Soul launches as early as next year, it will be available with an electric motor in place of a conventional gasoline engine.

While the gas models will carry on and be the volume sellers, Kia marketing boss Benny Oeyen has confirmed the new Soul will be offered in Europe as a fully electric car. That model is also likely to arrive in the US, though perhaps only in California and select other states.

Facelifted for 2012, the 2014 Soul is expected to be an entirely new model, though is likely to keep styling cues similar to the current version.

Before the EV joins the lineup, look for a gasoline version to debut as early as the Chicago Auto Show in February or the NY Auto Show in April.

While it may be the first Kia EV to go on sale in Europe (or America), Kia already sells the Ray electric car in Korea, using a 50 kWh electric motor with a range of 86 miles.

[source: AutoExpress]

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