Hyundai Plug-In Electric Car Sales In November Hit Almost 8,000

DEC 28 2018 BY MARK KANE 19

Kona Electric alone exceeds 5,400!

Hyundai continues its record series, reaching 7,909 plug-in electric car sales in November, which is 164% more than a year ago.

Other good news is that plug-ins now account for 4.8% of total volume for the month (2.9% average for the year). Previous best was 4.3% in October, so the progress is significant on a monthly basis.

Additionally, Hyundai sold some 182 NEXO hydrogen fuel cell cars (781 YTD, incl. 587 in South Korea).

Hyundai plug-in electric car sales – November 2018

Hyundai primarily is increasing sales of its flagship electric car, the Kona Electric, both in South Korea and globally.

Sales by model:

Total cumulative sales of Kona Electric now exceed 17,400

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Slow but steady…

Hmmm. So, it’ll be a Tesla vs. Hyundai/Kia race for all the car sales.
8,000 a month * 12 = 96,000.
Someone just broke the Secret Rule that we’re only going to build compliance cars in small numbers, and cancel them once they use the full tax credits.

In other words the S Curve Revolution has begun.

Hyundai is number 15 and Kia number 19 in brand EV sales this year… they need a bit more than what they are doing today to be regarded as competition.
Not that it is really Tesla that they would compete with….

Those 96k per year would put Hyundai at a top 7 position though 😉 This year that is…next year it wouldn’t get them into the top 10.

The elephant in the room for Kona is that’s very expensive. The well equipped, strong ICE engine version costs around €25k, without incentives it’s a €15k to €20k advantage over the EV model.
In the US they are going to be aggressive, but I wonder what will be the numbers available and what is the impact of the simplified thermal management.

Well, two things.
1) If you’re an accountant you’d do the TCO: total cost of ownership.
and find it’ll pay for itself over the life of the car.
Whereas a gas car, you pay Double.

2) You’re missing the Premium drive experience of an EV.

Your missing the fact that my ICE car range is about 800 miles, and I can “recharge” it in less than 5 minutes and that I’ll be able to find a “charger” almost anywhere in the world at less than 5 miles distance.
When I spend summer in my beach apt. I would have to rent an ice because there’s no charging infrastructure.

You can now calling for pollution ;).

Since you can plug in the Kona into any electricity socket, you are saying that you don’t have electricity at your beach apartment. Either that, or you don’t yet know that pretty much every house in the world has multiple recharging point in every room and often outside too. No specialist equipment needed if you just need an overnight trickle charge. Yes it is slow but in the 14 hours the car is likely to be at home, you can top up the range by at least 100 miles a night (or fully charge from empty if you have a 220V socket).

What?! Do you think it’s reasonable to extend a cable out the window of a 5th floor to charge your EV on the street? Even in shared parking lots where the outlets are used to plug vacuum cleaners do you think it’s reasonable to charge 100kWh of energy without paying for it?
And it’s not true, not all houses are prepared to charge EVs – far from it.
If in the US 75% of people live in uni-family houses, in Europe it’s a lot less, and within big cities even less. People park the car on streets, sometimes it’s hard to find a parking place, let alone one with charging possibility.
Things will change, but electric cars are not more convenient now – being range, speed of charging and infrastructure the main issues.

Model3 Owned- Niro EV TBD -Past-500e and Spark EV,

This is the issue with cross platform ICE vs EV that’s going to be interesting to see. I would gather MOST will not pay a significant premium for EV vs PHEV — the proof will be in the Kia Niro where they will have Hybrid Vs PHEV vs EV all available here in California.

Both the PHEV and EV will get the red stickers — so if the EV is priced significantly higher, the PHEV may win out.

Nissan leaf is going to sell close to 100k in 2018. Renault Zoe is probably also selling in bigger numbers than the Korean duo.

Zoe not so much. It’s only sold in Europe and likely to sell less than 50,000 this year. No evidence of Renault ramping it up although it has had steady growth.

At 4.8% of its total sales is a good start.

Evs to total market is just breaching 2% this year.

I thought Kona was a compliance BEV. /S

Do Not Read Between The Lines

At 50,000, it is.

it’s run rate currently is 65K and increasing rapidly, almost 20% from Oct to Nov.

By your logic, that would make the model S and X compliance vehicles at less than 50k each.

‘Bolt cutter’

Nice to read this.
So electrics are the leader of the pack even though Hyundai is more favoring towards plugins.
EVs outsell plugins by a 7:1 margin.
Battery costs are falling rapidly and the EVs are cashing on this while plugins are silently watching.

Imagine how many they could sell if it wasn’t just a compliance vehicle.