Hyundai Sells Record Amount Of Plug-In Electric Cars In September

OCT 20 2018 BY MARK KANE 50

Hyundai sold more plug-in cars than it ever had before.

For September 2018, Hyundai reports record sales of 4,984 plug-in electric cars, which is 93% more than a year ago at record 3.7% share out of its overall sales volume.

Of the nearly 5,000 sales, 1,504 falls on South Korea, while the rest (3,480) were sold overseas. So far this year, Hyundai sold 29,892 plug-in electric cars worldwide.

Additionally, Hyundai sold some 56 NEXO hydrogen fuel cell cars (407 YTD).

Hyundai plug-in electric car sales – September 2018

Sales by model:

The Kona Electric finally gained some traction and with 2,145 sold, it almost beat its own record. However we need to note that 1,382 were sold in South Korea where demand is strong, and only 763 managed to reach the ship for export.

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Their PHEVs are warm weather cars and overly complicated compared to the Honda Clarity. Just say no to any of them.

Most of the current generation Claritys are PHEV, aren’t they?

Most sold in CA are phev so I’m not sure what he’s talking about…maybe he thinks that the Clarity with 10-15 extra miles makes a bigger difference.

Pretty sure he’s referring to the fact that without the ability to heat the cabin electrically, Hyundai/Kia PHEVs can’t drive electrically at all unless it’s warm outside. Or you’re willing to freeze.

Ah, got it. I guess i have been living in SoCal for too long…

“Most of the current generation Claritys are PHEV, aren’t they?”

Yes, at least in the U.S. The Clarity Electric (BEV) and the Clarity Fuel Cell are sold in only very low numbers here.

Not even sold, just leased in some states. The PHEV is really the only relevant Clarity.

Rather say no to the Clarity PHEV which is an extreme compliance vehicle only. Is it even sold in their home market?

Yes, and it is an amazing car, compliance or not. I get 40 mpg in mine driving 80 mph and easily exceed EPA range of 47 miles all electric. I have already put 23,000 miles on it since last Dec and saved over 1000 gallons of gas vs my minivan, saving me over $300 a month after adding in cost of electricity for Clarity. It shows no signs of wear and goes amazingly well. Holds 5 comfortably with some luggage (albeit not as comfortably as the van, it is a big car though). In Iowa, the engine runs a few weeks of the year due to sub 0 F cold weather, but the engine doesn’t run at all on those 10 F and up days. The Hyun-Ki PHEVs would run as soon as temps get into the 30s for engine heat.

Amazing is rather hyperbolic.

Why did they have to make it so damn ugly? The Civic and Accord look decent, Insight looks good, and Acuras too, so Honda knows how make a car appealing.

With a 181hp motor and 103hp engine, why isn’t it quicker? It should beat the Volt in performance, not be slower.

Why does it have poor one-pedal driving?

Efficiency is good for such a large car, but that’s about the only thing impressive about it. And being a compliance car does matter, because good engineering is needed to make it profitable with global availability.

The Clarity PHEV might be an older platform (last gen infotainment and no blind spot monitoring) and the trunk instead of a hatch was clearly a marketing planning mistake, but I give Honda all due respect and credit for making it available everywhere, and in sufficient volume that someone could walk in and buy one today.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Yes, it’s sold in Japan, although low units. But, being a mid-size it’s not likely to sell well, anyway.

An “extreme compliance vehicle” that sells more than three times as much in the US alone as the IONIQ PHEV sells worldwide?…

I expected to read they finally broke into double digits….

Why? It’s not their plan….yet.

Poor America… I do feel sorry for you. In Europe people seem to be able to get them if they order them and wait a bit.

It is now 2 years waiting list in Norway. The market with the world with the highest density of electric cars. So to “wait a bit” may be a little bit more… than a bit.

Think of how many they could sell if they were widely available, in quantity.

They *are* available, but not so much in the US. In their domestic market and in pro-EV European markets, they’re killing it. And volumes will only go up.
Regarding US deliveries, they’re playing a game similar to Tesla’s game with the Model 3. They sell where margins are better (at home and in Europe). Why ship a car all the way to the US, where customers are more spoiled (“125 miles is not enough for anything!” says the American with 3 cars in his home, etc. etc.), Korean brands run a distant 3rd behind Americans and Japanese, and prices are lower?
They will wait for more favorable winds and then up the US-allocated volume.

Plus I was able to wheedle thousands off MSRP to get my 2018 Leaf. I didn’t expect the 60kWh platform makers to be able or particularly needful of making deals to move their cars this and next year, which is largely why I decided to stick with the Leaf when my 2015’s lease expired earlier this year.

Aside from resale value and better battery hygiene, it’s hard to put a price on the extra 20kWh over the ~40 I have now, as 40 meets my needs 99% of the time.

What’s that 1% worth?? Renting from Enterprise is a small hassle but if it’s only a couple of times a year I’m happy saving thousands to have to do it.

In what way are Korean brands distant behind Americans or Japanese ? Kia and Hyundai are right behind Toyota in their overall reliability ratings and beat Japanese in value mostly due to better optioned base packages.

Sales numbers would be my guess?… (No idea whether it’s true, though.)

Selling only in markets with strong mandates or incentives is not at all like Tesla’s “game”.

A few hundreds delivered last month is not exactly “killing it”. And I have yet to hear of Hyundai intending to increase volumes at all…

94% growth will get that done in a few short years.

It’s already selling evs at 3.7% of its total sales that’s a year or two ahead of the market.

Yeah, going from one low-volume model to two, a doubling is kinda expected… Do they intend to go to four low-volume models next year though, and to eight in two years?…

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These numbers will increase substantially in the next few years.

Only if Hyundai needs them to go up to fulfil mandates…

If only Hyundai could go hard on their production especially of the Kona Electric that car could even sell better than the Leaf. Most countries want it but Hyundai is failing them.

Not “could”….they will sell better because their battery tech is better. Probably better on pricing too.

No, it’s “could”. There is no “will”, unless they decide to produce them in volumes to actually satisfy demand, rather than just mandates.

Also, how do you know the battery tech is better than the 60 kWh Leaf that will apparently be available pretty soon?

I’d love to see the Kona at every Hyundai dealer in the US. If they would do a pre-order campaign here, they could gauge demand. So simple. $100 down or something. I think they could run a demand program on select college campuses and other learning spaces without having to buy expensive billboard / TV ads. Copy Tesla’s owner referral program. I truly want the Kona everywhere. Mostly because the local Tesla club is getting really crowded!

Those 56 Nexos must be a huge market share in the global fuel cell market.

Yeah, when you consider than California has in total, a whopping 3,000 FCV’s on the road….
And, in all of North America(Mexico, US, and Canada), there are only 37 FCV stations, all in California….

Hyundai-Kia has gotten serious about EVs and that’s great news for everyone who’s pro-EV.

With their lower price points and domestic battery powerhouses, that’s a winning combination. Thanks for the good news!

As for the US market ….we can go back to sleep.

It would be great news if it was true. Unfortunately, I don’t see any indication that it’s true.

Wow, selling 56 NEXO hydrogen fuel cell cars (407 YTD) is impressive. Nexo is way more advanced than Mirai and also lot more spacious.

Including Kia, Hyundai groups sales will be much higher.

Dashboard says 15 units of Sonata Plugin were sold last month while this article states 5. Can you please correct it.

At least they are doing well overseas if not in USA.

Yes, just imagine how many they could sell if more places in the world had hydrogen refueling available. I think sales of Nexo FCV in California has not even begun. And this is just a single model.

You should compare to Honda Clarity which is already ahead of Mirai. That’s 366 miles EPA. Nexo is I think 372 miles. With a five minute ~100% fill up, the choice is obvious for those who do long road trips in these.

366 for Clarity, 372 for Nexo, 312 for Mirai….. Hmm, Model 3 LR has 310, Model S 100D has 335, there is a modded BMW i3 with 435 mile range….
So, it seems like EV’s are neck and neck in terms of range, and the low-cost brands are catching up(Hyundai, Kia, Chevy, and Nissan are now, where Tesla was at 5 years ago in terms of range and production capacity). In addition, there are hundreds of 50kW+ fast charging units, with hundreds more on the way(enough to drive to almost any populated area in North America, as opposed to a few regions of California), plus destination charging and home charging. All at a lower cost. It makes me wonder, is hydrogen really the future? Or is it just a ploy by the fossil fuel companies to keep us dependent on them(after all, try setting up a hydrogen filling station at your house. Whereas with an EV, you can put up solar panels, a battery system, and an EVSE.

Yeah, for those doing long road trips with no rest stops, the choice is obvious: buy a decent PHEV (e.g. Volt) — way more practical, way more economical, and in most cases also way more ecological than a hydrogen car.

(For people making regular rest stops OTOH, consider a good BEV.)

So Hyundai PHEVs are sold by weight now? Or volume? Otherwise I’d say it was a record *number* of cars 😉

Sorry, I can’t help it; my mother is an English teacher…

I posted before seeing this … nevertheless, I thank you for it!

Imagine that….you deliver a good plug-in car AND PEOPLE WANT TO BUY THEM!

Pedant alert!

It drives me crazy to see COUNTABLE objects described with the word “amount”. I beg you, change the headline to “… Record Number Of …”

Sorry, but for some reason, this particular offense to the language drives me up the wall.

Pedant alert out…

My junior comp professor in college lit this same thing off in me. Being a math major the idea of something being countable vs not countable is very important. More examples of this issue below…..

You use less gas and fewer gallons. Not less gallons.
You have less money and fewer dollars. Not less dollars.
You study less but fewer hours not study less hours.


That number includes commercial vehicles… Pretty sure that doesn’t explain an almost factor three discrepancy, though 🙂

The Sonata PHEV figures in the scorecard need to be revised down, right?

Europe will embrace this car. We have no long range alternative in this price range. Zero competition.

The first batch of Kona Electric arrived in Norway, and all delivered instantly. Adding to that, 7000 more has paid to be on the waiting list.

This car is perfect for the cold winter and hot summer climate of Norway, and the range (only the large batteri pack is sold here) make it a safe alternativ for most people. And the WLTP-range is actually proven to be correct.