Hyundai Kona Electric Crossover Wins Award After Award

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DEC 18 2018 BY WADE MALONE 37

The Hyundai Kona EV is taking home awards from across the globe.

Unfortunately, the Hyundai Kona Electric has not made it to dealers in the United States quite yet. But if awards are any indication, Hyundai has a hit on their hands. Because the all electric crossover has recently taken home several major honors in North America and Europe.

In Spain, the Kona was given the Best Car of the Year award by newspaper ABC. The award is not specific to the electric model, but the long range BEV model was a factor in the decision.

Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor UK was honored with Manufacturer of the Year at the Next Green Car Awards. The crossover was also awarded Car of the Year and Family Car of the Year.  According to the judges:

With its 279-mile range, the Hyundai Kona Electric represents outstanding value for money when compared with rival offerings. As the first to bring a long-distance EV to mass-market customers – and with such a capable package – Hyundai’s Kona Electric is NGC’s Car of the Year 2018.

Across the pond in the U.S., the Kona Electric was ranked one of the WardsAuto 10 best “engine” slots. Of course, this isn’t the first time an all electric vehicle has been granted a position on the list. WardsAuto has been recognizing electric drive more frequently. According to the publication:

With all that thrust arriving almost immediately, it is virtually impossible not to burn rubber in the Kona Electric – only the slowest, most measured take-offs avoid doing so.

Although the U.S. is still waiting for the rollout, pricing and range of the 64 kWh model are excellent. In fact the car is very competitive with the current (non-Tesla) all electric sales leader: the Chevy Bolt EV. The electrified Hyundai Kona has great potential in the states if Hyundai ships enough to meet demand.

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37 Comments on "Hyundai Kona Electric Crossover Wins Award After Award"

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No doubt that it is a good car. Only thing is they don’t produce that much of them so Huyndai should ramp up the production.

Just like Tesla didn’t produce that much of Models 3 in 2017. But it improved.

@Sharpe: You did not get the memo; Tesla’s poor results in 2017 were mostly self-inflected. Blame Elon Musk and executive team for its own production hell.

This is not true. Nobody in modern car business arranged production of new car model faster than Tesla did with Model 3.

Thats pretty funny.

The difference is Tesla wants to get as many cars out there as it can. No one else seems interested. Everyone else, including hyundai, seems to have a cap of about 20,000 units per year.

They depend on the supply of battery cells and battery packs from different companies.

Tesla has the Gigafactory.

Several companies do seem rather interested, but the fact that they are huge companies and that it takes time to change their product lines and make the shift doesn’t seem to be appreciated by everyone…

And please notice, I am not giving any car makers a pass here. It should have been obvious this was the future back in 2010 and we should be at least 5-7 years ahead of where we are. But there are signs that a couple of companies now have gotten the memo.

Seems you’ve drank the Tesla kool-aid.

small difference here, Hyundai is used to mass production car, not Tesla. So we can’t compared one with the other

Why should they? They’ve said it’s going to take 2 or 3 years before they start breaking even making electric vehicles, so the more they make, the more money they lose.

Or it could be that with such low volumes, it will take them 2-3 years to recoup the R&D money that went into their EV efforts.

If that was the case it would make sense to sell as much of them as they can, so they can recoup the R&D money as soon as possible, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

It has nothing to do with lack of battery cells and everything to do with profiting from their previous investments in their ICE factories.

“The electrified Hyundai Kona has great potential in the states if Hyundai ships enough to meet demand.”

The other important question is how long people will be willing to wait for the delivery of their Hyundai Kona Electric?

If they wait longer than for Tesla Model 3 it could be a problem. But I don`t think so.

@ Sharpe

I don’t think that people will want to wait for more than a year before their Hyundai Kona Electric will be delivered to them. They would rather choose some other EV model that is available within a much shorter timeframe.

And I also think that people wouldn’t mind having to wait more than a year before their Tesla Model 3 will be delivered to them. Because they really don’t want to buy any other EV model, even if those other EV models are available within a much shorter timeframe.

The Hyundai Kona Electric is a very good EV model, but the Tesla Model 3 is actually the one and only EV model that you really want to buy.

There are no compact crossovers like Kona on the EV market, so that is nothing to choose instead.

Don’t worry, there will be more crossover EV models to choose from.

When they will be then we’ll talk about them, ok?

And even with the Kona there are no compact crossover EVs on the market. If you are calling the Kona a compact crossover, you have to call the Bolt a compact crossover as they are nearly identical in size.

Unless your name is EV Paddy.LOL

Can the Kona be lease? There’s no yes or no on that question

Right now Kona is the best EV on the market from the consumer point of view.

There are so many different consumers with so many different preferences.

And yes, the Hyundai Kona Electric is a great EV model.

But I don’t think that Hyundai will produce and deliver more than 100,000 of them in 2019. Though there is no lack of demand for the Hyundai Kona Electric.

kona and kia niro are almost the same car, ja?

Nein. Niro is bigger.

I hope Hyundai gets another award , “The most mass produced BEV award ,with over 300,000 produced annually”, maybe in 4yrs they’ll get that. I ‘ll bet Tesla get that award first though.

Unless Hyundai s S .Korean cousins can come up with enough batteries Hyundai is going to be supply constrained.

Have you ever heard about LG Chem?

Needs AWD

Will it win the “Available at My Local Dealer 2019” award? No.

Better get Motortrend car of the year and Model3 get NorthAmerican Car of the year

Don’t forget “compliance vehicle of the year”.

Maybe be but if it sells well and they get a lot interested technicians trained to repair the cars all over the world, they could easily ramp up to 20,0000 a month if they wanted to.

This is excellent news. I wish they would sell a million of them them everywhere. I hope Elon finds that lithium asteroid sooner than later, LOL. IF you get this car and use it in the 20-80% charge range it might just last a lifetime. That seems to be what I am observing from my 2012 Nissan LEAF since my commute is only about 38 to 40 miles everyday. When you select your EV try to find the one that goes at least twice as far as your daily commute or it has extra “locked” battery capacity to make up the difference and keep the battery below 80%. If you havn’t jumped into ther EV frayyet, check it out, lots of inexpensive used EVs too now. I highly recommend the 2015 LEAF for anyone with less than a 40 mile commute. If your commute is only 30 miles check the first Gen Chevy Volt.

Award after Award ……. yet Canada is still waiting for price/terms details …. yet Hyundai sent emails (a month ago or so) out to people who pre-ordered that their vehicle is in production …. LOL … not really. Or they have so few to make (not because demand, but because allotment) that it really doesn’t matter to them whether I cancel pre-order or not when terms are disclosed.