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Kia unveils its first electric car in US

7, 2014

CHICAGO: Kia Motors rolled out an electric version of its compact car on Thursday that the automaker plans to begin in some U.S. markets this year.

The 2015 EV, unveiled at the media kick-off for the Chicago Auto Show, is Kia s all-electric, zero-emissions car in the United and its second green car for the U.S. It joins a hybrid version of its Optima sedan that has available here since

The Soul EV is powered by an air-cooled polymer battery and an 81.4 kW, liquid-cooled electric motor, produces a 210 lb.-ft. of torque, to Kia.

The car can go from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 km per hour) in less 12 seconds, has a top speed of 90 mph (144 km per and can drive 80 to 100 miles on a full the company said. The vehicle can be by plugging into any standard 120 outlet or a conventional 240v EV

The Soul EV will initially be in a handful of states, including and Oregon, beginning this and in New York, New Jersey and Maryland next year, Kia said. has not yet been announced.

In an interview Reuters on Thursday, Orth the vice president for product at Kia Motors America Inc, the company was waiting to set preliminary goals for the new vehicle.

We don t have firm targets Hedrick said.


This is a operation that we have to get to opt into. We don t just give it to We have to certify them. have to go through training. So we re a bit early yet to have a definitive

U.S. demand for electric has confounded some of the old-line including General Motors Co and Motor Co, that were movers in the marketplace.

Both companies have had to prices and offer other incentives on their EVs and still outsold the Tesla Model S, a luxury sedan offered by Tesla Motors Inc that is the price of Nissan s Leaf and Volt.

In 2013, Tesla just over 19,000 of its S models, according to full-year figures from Autodata, with more than for Leaf and more than for Volt.

Worldwide production of vehicles is forecast to increase 67 to 403,000 units this according to IHS Automotive and Polk.

The in EV production is expected to come as global vehicle production less than 4 percent in

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Several European carmakers, BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and are introducing electric propulsion in 2014 to comply with new emission rules.

Despite an campaign by the carmakers to push a push that has included charging stations at some and a raft of price cuts and lease deals, the vehicles not been hot sellers so far.

to EV sales include overcoming concerns about the vehicles driving range, long times and lack of charging

Retail sales staff are reluctant to spend the extra it takes to educate buyers the benefits of electric cars and how differ from conventional

There is also serious whether the long-term future of cars will belong to vehicles or to hydrogen fuel vehicles, which have range than the current but involve a technology and fuel is new and unavailable to most U.S.

Hedrick said Kia believes for now at least, EVs represent the way forward. It s a lot accessible mainly because of the he said. (So) for the foreseeable electric is the way to go.

In January, Kia said it its global retail sales to 6 percent to 2.9 million vehicles in driven by demand in China and the States, where the company to sell 630,000 and 585,000 respectively.

The Chicago Auto opens to the public on Saturday, 8 and runs through Monday, Feb 17.

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