Last year, the Soul EV was close to the top of the range rankings for affordable electric cars, slightly below the Nissan Leaf in real-world range.
That's all changed this year, with the phased arrival of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, with an EPA-rated 238 miles of range and a price below $40,000—or half of what you previously had to pay for a Tesla to get that range.
The Bolt EV will sell in higher numbers than the electric Soul, and has astounding interior room in its tall-hatchback body, eliminating both of the Soul's main selling points.
The Leaf is still an odd-looking design, it's now toward the bottom of the pack on range at 107 miles, and the interior is plain and old.
It's ripe for replacement, which should happen next year.
Two more conventional battery-electric hatchbacks are the VW e-Golf and the Ford Focus Electric, with range upgrades taking them to 124 miles and 115 miles respectively.
Like the Soul EV, each is available in limited regions.
Finally, the Tesla Model S is far more expensive and a different type of car altogether, but it's on sale in more places than the electric Soul—though we suspect the Soul EV would be more likely to join a Model S in the driveway than substitute for it.
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