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Kia To Expand Soul EV Sales to Five More StatesKia has sold on average nearly 100 Soul EVs per month since its introduction in October 2014. Those sales were in California, its only market so far. In an effort to expand sales, Kia announced last week that the Soul EV, offering 93 miles on a single charge, will become available in Georgia, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Hawaii as early as June.
Honda Is First To Offer Attractive Used EV LeasesHonda a few days ago announced that it would extend the lease on a used Fit EV for two years at $199 per month. That’s with no money down, unlimited mileage, routine maintenance and collision coverage. Moreover, those attractive leases on used Fit EVs—if declined by the current driver—will be extended to new customers. As a result, a used Honda Fit EV could become the least expensive small electric car on the market.
German Automakers, Led by Mercedes, Make Big Push for Plug-in HybridsMercedes today announced an aggressive schedule of plug-in hybrid introductions that includes 10 models by 2017. At that pace, there will be a new Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid model introduced every four months on average for the next two years. In addition, we can expect new plug-in hybrids from Audi and BMW later this year.