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Kia Soul EV delay pushes the electric box to 2021 at the earliest, report says

The Soul EV won't be plugging in for a little while longer.

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The wait lengthens for this electric box.

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Everyone's favorite cutesy, boxy Kia returned for a third generation in 2018, but its all-electric compadre, the , has been missing in action. We've got bad news for those holding out for the electric car.

Green Car Reports reported on Thursday that the Soul EV has been delayed to 2021 at the earliest. Roadshow reported this past May that the car was delayed until sometime in 2020. It was meant to launch in spring of this year as a 2020 model, but here we are inching toward 2020 and with plenty of 2020-model-year cars shipping to dealers. Now, the Korean automaker has tacked another year of waiting onto the timeline. The website put a Kia representative on the record confirming the electric car will not launch this year. 

Roadshow asked Kia for additional information, including if the Soul EV will still sport an EPA-estimated 243 miles of range (the EPA rated the car for the 2020 model year earlier this year), but the company didn't immediately respond. 

The Soul EV will share the Niro EV's 64-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and Kia told the website that limited battery and electric motor supplies are to blame for the boxy EV's delay. The electric powertrain spins out 201 horsepower and a whopping 291 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels.

When the car finally does launch, don't expect a 50-state rollout. Instead, Kia will more than likely target markets that are most receptive to electric cars (coastal states), including California. The automaker currently sells its battery-electric cars in 13 states.

In the meantime, the standard third-generation Soul is on sale at dealers nationwide. The refined compact car boasts a new look, better tech and two engine choices: A 2.0-liter inline-four will power most Souls, while the racier 1.6-liter turbo-four adds a dash of power to this cube's equation.

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It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.

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