A prototype of the Kia Soul EV has been spied ahead of this year's confirmed market launch.

A prototype of the Kia Soul EV has been spied ahead of this year's confirmed market launch.

Expected to have a starting price of around 22,000 EUR (about 29,800 USD / 18,100 GBP), the electric version of the Soul will look a lot like the conventional powered-model, except for the front/rear bumpers and the areas around the badges and turn signals.

Kia previously stated they are testing prototypes with a 109 bhp (81 kW) electric motor which enables the Soul EV to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 12 seconds before topping out at 90 mph (145 km/h). The electric motor provides an instant torque of 284 Nm (210 lb-ft) and works with a 27 kWh lithium-ion battery pack allowing the EV to return an estimated 120+ miles (193+ km). Once the battery pack is depleted, recharging takes 5 hours from a 240v outlet or 25 minutes from a 100 kW fast charger.

The 2014 Kia Soul EV will ride on aero-optimized 16-inch wheels and will utilize LED technology for the positioning and rear combination lamps. The cabin will host a revised instrument cluster as well as an updated center stack with a built-in eight-inch screen.

Kia plans on introducing the Soul EV later this year.

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