Kia's electric hatch is now available as a van, however the model's Australian future remains unclear.
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Korean car maker Kia has added the electric e-Soul Cargo – an e-Soul city hatch converted for light commercial duties – to its line-up in the Netherlands, however it’s unlikely the model will see Australian showrooms.

The Kia e-Soul Cargo trades its rear seats for a flat-floor with six tie-down anchors. A safety partition is also added between occupants and cargo, and a (presumably vinyl) wrap on the rear windows keeps cargo away from prying eyes.

Kia states the conversion is completely reversible, with Cargo trims able to be swapped back to five-seater passenger versions.

While Kia Australia takes a “never say never” attitude to electric vehicle offerings, it is too soon to say for the Cargo, as the e-Soul it is based on has not yet received an Australian launch date.

“We still have no clarity on more established electric vehicle(s) … it is an unlikely scenario,” a Kia Australia spokesperson told CarAdvice.

The Kia e-Soul was slated for a January 2020 launch in Australia, however due to customer demand in Europe, the model has been delayed indefinitely.

The e-Soul Cargo’s 64kWh battery pack offers 452km of driving range on the newer, stricter WLTP testing standard.

The Kia e-Soul Cargo is priced at €39,077 (AU$64,452) in the Netherlands.