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Kristina Cottone of Chicago and Kia Motors America introduces the 2015 Soul EV car  at the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. (AP Photo / Daily Herald,  Mark Welsh)

Kia Rolled Out Electric Soul at the Chicago Auto Show

Kia Motors rolled out an electric version of its Soul compact car on Thursday that the Korean automaker plans to begin selling in some U.S. markets later this year.

The 2015 Soul EV, unveiled at the media kick-off for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, is Kia's first all-electric, zero-emissions car in the United States and its second "green" car for the U.S. market, joining a hybrid version of the company's best-selling Optima sedan that has been available here since 2011.

The Soul EV will initially be sold in a handful of states, including California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland, Kia said. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Reporting by Reuters.