Ditching hamsters for electrons, next year Kia will offer its boxy Soul model with an electric drivetrain, according to a statement by the Korean carmaker.
The statement was made as Kia readies thefor dealer showrooms. Kia showed off the update earlier this year for the first time at the New York auto show.
Given its size, the Soul looks like a good choice for an electric drivetrain. The company had no details to offer about power or range, but the car would likely conform to the offering of other automakers, such as the, , or . These cars all have sub-100-mile range.
Along with developing expertise in what is likely to be the future of automotive drive systems, an electric Soul will help Kia comply with the California Air Resource Board's Zero Emission Vehicle mandate. As such, Kia writes that the electric Soul will only be available in select markets next year.