Previous Hyundai BEVs were basically only compliance cars, limited to just parts of CA, it was the main reason I ended up with a Leaf, Nissan was the only mfg(other than the Volt at the time) that bothered to sell their cars in areas other than CAFA states.
The Kia Soul has been available nationwide, even beyond the (now numerous) CARB states. True, the Ionic was a California Car, but I think the Kona will be at least CARB state available from the start. We'll see.
Not sure when the Soul EV was introduced but I'm pretty sure it wasn't around when I purchased my first Leaf, a new '13 in early summer '14. I also really wanted to look and possibly purchase the Honda Accord?? PHEV, it got great MPG on gas(around 50 I believe) and had a workable shorter distance on battery. Unfortunately I would have had to drive to NY to purchase one
something I was seriously considering until my local Honda dealers said they were not trained on nor would have parts for a vehicle they didn't sell
No way I'd want to have to drive back to NY anytime it required PHEV specific service!
2012 SL purchased used 2/'16
2013 S w/QC purchased new
Juicebox Premium 60a L1/L2 EVSE, Ebusbar 16a L1/L2 EVSE
'12 EVSEupgrade'd 20a L1/L2 EVSE, '13 EVSEupgrade'd adjustable 6-20a L2, 6-13a L1 EVSE
Zencar 13, 20, 30a L1/L2 portable EVSE
GE Durastation 30a