Hyundai Exec Talks Up Kona EV – Says Range & CUV Will Draw Buyers In

APR 11 2018 BY MARK KANE 33

In the most recent times, Hyundai seems to be betting on powertrain flexibility and versatility, with a growing number of models in various versions.

Everything We Know – Hyundia Kona EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

The Hyundai IONIQ is available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric model.

The latest Hyundai Kona is available with conventional and soon an all-electric powertrain.

In the U.S., Hyundai intends to sell its new long-range subcompact crossover from the fourth quarter of 2018 on with a targeted rollout.

Read Also – Hyundai Kona Electric At The 2018 New York Auto Show – Videos

It means that first California will get the Kona Electric, and then states that follow California’s zero-emissions vehicle regulations.

Hyundai bets that consumers will choose the Kona Electric due its long-range (up to 250 miles or 400 km on 64 kWh battery) and CUV body. The 150 kW electric motor should sway buyers, too.

3 Way Comparison – Kona, Bolt, LEAF

It will be interesting to see if GM will play with Chevrolet Bolt EV pricing when close competition rolls in.

Hyundai Motor America COO Brian Smith said:

“I think we’re going to get a lot of people who know that they want an EV, and they’re cross-shopping looking at other EVs because they now have an option for a CUV that hasn’t really been on the market. I think a lot of cross-shopping will happen,” Smith told Automotive News. “I also believe we’ll get plenty of people because of the maximum range. Many people will be able to say [I can go] two or three days without having to charge.”

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33 Comments on "Hyundai Exec Talks Up Kona EV – Says Range & CUV Will Draw Buyers In"

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Murrysville EV

Please tell me this isn’t another compliance car I can’t buy in Pennsylvania. I was really looking forward to this one.

Mikael

It will be available in almost all EV friendly countries and regions. So probably not in Pennsylvania. Get your EV sales up above a few percentages of sales and you will probably see more EV offers.

menorman

Get Pennsylvania on the list of CARB states and it’ll appear. Or head across the border to one of the neighboring CARB states.

Spoonman.

Hyundai isn’t selling the Ioniq EV in Maryland or New Jersey.

mx

My question goes along these lines too.
Will they build and sell more than 30,000.
If it’s limited to 30,000, it’s just a CARB car.

Tech01x

The plan is to build 20,000 Kona EV’s worldwide in the first year. It will be as rare as Ioniq BEV’s probably.

Tech01x

Hyundai already announced that they are planning on making 20,000 worldwide for the first year. It’s going to be slightly more than the Jaguar I-Pace, but still extremely difficult to get one.

kubel

It’s a compliance car. Very unfortunate, because this seems to be the best option for me right now. I wonder if they will allow out of state purchasers.

EVShopper

The Bolt EV is available and a better offering. They are practically the same size and the Bolt has some advantages in interior room thanks to the dedicated EV only platform and cab forward design. The Bolt EV is also quicker.

Paul Smith

The Bolt has a major drawback in be very slow to charge. Long road trips become excruciating in it.

mx

You might be able to find one in New Jersey, If you’re willing to drive to a Jersey dealership for service, if you’re close to the border.

New Jersey is a CARB state.
Can you believe that?
We let NJ take the lead?

vicxh

Yes you will need to move to CA to become an EV driver for Model 3, Kona, etc etc:) However you can buy a BOLT anywhere you want today 🙂

James

So GM is ramping up production to say, 100,000 units to let the scale of production lesson the price you say? Gee, I hadn’t heard that.

As far as I know there is only one car company I know of that is busting their butts to build as many electric cars as humanly possible, and it’s not Hyundai or GM.

The Kona, Ioniq and Bolt EVs only prove that government regulations can force companies to build the cars they should build only be a use they are better.

Derek

Not a CUV by any means. 164″ long. If this is a CUV, then a Leaf is an SUV

Mikael

Length has nothing to do with being a CUV or SUV.

Pjwood1

And companies are calling 4 door autos “coupes”, cats are marrying dogs…

scottf200

Height would probably factor into that definition.

Person standing next to it:
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Another Euro point of view

This is a tiny car, even by Euro standards, I guess their logic is still that an EV is by definition only a second/city car.

menorman

Says Range & CUV Will Draw Buyers In

…then lack of adequate production will send them away. Hyundai has to plan to sell more of these than Jaguar plans to sell I-Paces, which currently isn’t the case.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

If it had AWD I would be in.

EVShopper

It’s was the only reason I would have bought this over the Bolt EV. I was expecting it to at least have AWD as an option like the ICE Kona.

marcel

AWD is probably technically impossible. The Ioniq and the Kona have battery packs that are under the rear seat and run back under the trunk, so there’s no room to fit in another electric motor.

Jason

“I also believe we’ll get plenty of people because of the maximum range. Many people will be able to say [I can go] two or three days without having to charge.”
This statement tells us plenty about how these manufacturers are thinking. I agree people who don’t have dedicated parking might like this, but for a vast number of EV owners they will charge at home, every single day. Range in an EV is not about the ICE method of fuelling up once a week, it is about the fact when you go on a trip you don’t have to stop every 50mi for 30min charging session. Most of the time you only need 50mi range, that other time you want to drive for a couple hours and not have to worry about the range.

EVShopper

It’s not a CUV, really. It’s a small wagon or hatchback. It’s not a bad thing, but just becuase an automaker slaps some sheet metal and plastic fairings on it to look tough, doesn’t make it an CUV.

It has low ground clearance and no AWD.

No shame in being a small wagon or compact hatch. Just own that.

vicxh

They want to be the BOlt er Model 3 er Model Y errrr I-pace killer.

Hyundai does not know what it wants other than it needs to throw a few things together to make CARB happy.

Lamata

This puts The Bolt To Shame ! Btw ..Same Power train Manufacturer..I Believe it’s LG ..

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Hopefully it will have better DCFC performance than the clown car.

EVShopper

Yep the Bolt is a clown car. Bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside. And can totally smoke most ICE off the line.

EVShopper

Slower and smaller than the Bolt EV.

Not sure that is putting the Bolt to shame.

Uncle Buck

Interesting that the Hyundai Union boss recently said “Electric cars are disasters. They are evil. We are very nervous.” Hyundai execs and union boss don’t seem to be on the same page.

Goofcat

Some one please make a EV pick up

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

+1

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