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Kia Hands Over New Soul EV To Andhra Pradesh Government

  • Jan 31, 2019
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The extremely successful South Korean international car maker Kia has been hard at work in India. The company begun the official trial production of its debut product, the SP2i compact SUV in the Anantapur manufacturing plant. Along with this, a public handover was made to the Andhra Pradesh government of its new Soul EV. This all electric hatchback was part of the MoU signed to help aid growth of electric mobility in the state.




The Soul EV is not new, it was showcased previously in the 2018 Auto Expo. Since then the latest 2020 model has advanced significantly in technology over the previous model. A new 64kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack is expected to offer a range of 450km when fully charged. A smaller version of this battery is scheduled to be launched in India later this year in the Hyundai Kona Electric. The electric motor in the Soul EV is rated at 204PS of power and 395Nm of torque.



Kia India’s head of sales and marketing, Manohar Bhat, has stated that there are no plans to launch an EV in India for the immediately foreseeable future. It is speculated that the first Kia EV for India will launch in 2022. The Soul EV joins the fleet of electric vehicles being supplied to the local state government. The other 3 vehicles, which were handed over less than two months ago, are the Niro compact SUVs - electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid. To help keep these electric vehicles in motion, Kia has done infrastructure development. It has setup EV charging stations at the Andhra Pradesh secretariat in Amaravati.

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