Following the successful launch of the Soul EV late in 2014 in California, along with sales beginning in Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii earlier in 2015, Kia Motors America (KMA) has announced that it is expanding availability of its fully charged urban runabout into four new states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland, bringing the total number of states selling the Soul EV to 10.

Nineteen Kia dealers will be certified to sell and service the Soul EV across these four states, and customers will have access to charging stations installed at these facilities. The Soul EV will be sold in eight New York dealerships, six New Jersey dealerships, three Maryland dealerships, and two Connecticut dealerships.

"Kia's sales strategy for the Soul EV has been progressive and pragmatic since its launch late last year," said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, KMA. "California consumers created a high level of demand, and the state's large infrastructure made it a natural place to start. Between consumer reaction to the Soul EV and growing infrastructure programs in states such as these in the northeast, this is a logical - and exciting - next step in our rollout plan."

Sales in the northeast will begin in the fourth quarter.

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