Hyundai Kona Electric Headed For Australia

AUG 18 2018 BY MARK KANE 14

Hyundai Kona Electric will go on sale in Australia this year

Hyundai representatives confirmed that Kona Electric will be introduced in Australia later this year. It’s not yet known when exactly.

Because Hyundai Kona Electric is one of the most affordable among the long-range BEVs, it will be one of the best value propositions in EV-scarce Australia. Hopefully, it will help to kick off sales.

“Speaking to Wheels, Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) CEO JW Lee would not mark a specific month in the calendar, but said the “Kona electric vehicle (would be) available within this year” with sales to follow “soon”.”

Currently, pre-production prototypes of Kona Electric are being tested on red dirt and tuned (suspension) for local tastes.

Because of the usually long-commutes, Hyundai decided to sell only the long-range version of the Kona Electric (the 64 kWh one with up to 480 km or 300 miles range under WLTP test cycle) in Australia.

The other new models introduced or soon to be introduced in Australia are Renault ZOE, new Nissan LEAF and Jaguar I-PACE, as well as the Tesla Model 3 at some point in the future.


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Rodrigo Henriques Negreiros Magalhaes

Cannot wait until this arrives in the US

Speaking as a 2018 Leaf owner, neither could I!

2015 lease was running out in October, coulda extended it to wait for the LG EVs arriving next year, but decided the 40kWh was perfectly good enough as a daily driver and hopefully early next decade we will have BEVs that are a generational improvement over the upcoming LG platform.

I was able to dicker down the dealer $4500 — I suspect the 64kWh cars are going to be in pretty tight supply next year and thus no discounts offered.

We’ll see at least . . .

How has the 2018 fared vs. your expectations of it?

Its great they are introducing it in another market but Hyundai and Kia don’t seem to have enough of a battery supply to meet the demand for their BEVs in the markets they are already in…

If they pay – they will recieve. Batteries are kind of like a commodity like oil and gold.

Higher prices makes it more profitable to increase production, explore new resourses and production of products/resources that was not profitable when the prices was low..

There must be other reasons behind Hyundai/KIA numbers. The product would have sold 3-5 times as many as they produce. And that is now, in the start of the EV revolution, where numbers increase a lot year by year.

I’m guessing that is why they are talking about only 20k of each car – can’t get the batteries although I’m sure their fellow Koreans, Samsung and LG will be happy to help out.
Or maybe they are halo cars? Cheap price means selling at a loss, so not selling many.

The Hyundai Kona EV Long Range has been launched in New Zealand with a base price of NZ$73,990 and NZ$79,990 for the Elite variant.
The Tesla Model S 75D starts at about NZ$130,000
The cost of Mitsubishi’s 2019 Outlander top spec plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has been brought in line with many of it’s petrol and diesel SUV equivalents.
At NZ$55,990 the new Outlander PHEV VRX is the top-of-the-range model.

Having a first look at EVWorld and was a little disappointed by how compact it really is. There is no real storage in the back – unlike my Gen1 Leaf. I was also perplexed by the gargantuan center console – why would you have it so high and in the way?

So yes great range bang for buck, looks pretty and well built, just not my first choice for my next EV.

Electric cars should add solar to their roof or inside the bonnet and when parked you could open and increase battery charge.

Been considered and discussed many times, it’s not a cost-effective move.

Sounds great, Kia must make a dealer and service upgrade for this release.

Australia, yes.
Pennsylvania, no.

I really don’t understand why they would do this. I live in Australia, so I’m happy we get more choice, but why would you send some of the very limited product to the furthest/most costly shipping destination, to a country that has virtually no EV policies, incentives or benefits to the manufacturer? By any reports it is a pretty small vehicle and will have a really high price tag. The dealer network will most likely not be over enthusiastic about it, and no doubt only a select few will be setup for it anyway. And don’t even get me started on the end user experience when they try to do any sort of trip and find there are no chargers available. If the Australian government had any real EV plan then maybe it would make sense, but shipping any of the projected 30,000 vehicles anywhere they can’t get compliance credits just seems incredibly dumb to me. If they are scaling up to meet any demand, in any market, then I can understand it, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. If any politicians are reading this, make sure to introduce policy where every 10 or 20 EV sold means… Read more »

Korea isn’t that far from Australia – it is just west of Japan. I’d buy one if it is under 50k on the road.