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Kia debuts city-only Soul EV at Chicago Auto Show


At the ongoing Chicago Auto Show, South Korean automaker Kia has not only debuted the 2015 Soul EV, but also confirmed the vehicle's release stateside. The compact car has a markedly shorter range (80 to 100 miles) than Tesla's Model S (200-plus miles), but that's because it's fitted with a much smaller, 27kWh battery. Obviously, it wasn't designed for Fast and Furious-caliber driving, but Kia says it can go as fast as 90 mph and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 12 seconds, thanks to its 109-horsepower electric motor. It's unclear when the 2015 Soul will be available throughout the country, but Kia plans to release it in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, California and Oregon by the third quarter of the year. Kia's still crunching some numbers, though, so those interested in buying the car may want to cross their fingers for a reasonable price.

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