Kia Niro EV Electric Crossover Sells Out In UK: New Deliveries Delayed

FEB 7 2019 BY MARK KANE 47

Kia e-Niro is production constrained – no surprise here.

Kia e-Niro sells like hot cakes – nothing strange after the tsunami of positive reviews – but the South Korean manufacturer encountered a supply chain bottleneck.

The number of e-Niro allocated to particular markets is limited while deliveries could be significantly delayed, according to the latest news.

In the UK, for example, the initial batch of 900 e-Niro was ordered within several weeks and customers probably will need to wait until the end of the year to order some from another batch (probably for delivery in 2020).

Some say that the problem is in limited battery supplies. The worst thing is that the restraining factor is expected to remain for at least 12-18 more months, which must be frustrating for such an excellent car.

“Deliveries for the new Kia e-Niro were supposed to commence in April. However, as a result of the e-Niro’s popularity and the production bottleneck, buyers who managed to snag one of the initial 900-model run may have to wait until the end of 2019 before taking delivery.

John Hargreaves, Kia’s head of fleet and remarketing, said the battery pack supply chain issue is likely to remain “a restraining factor for at least another 12 to 18 months.”


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47 Comments on "Kia Niro EV Electric Crossover Sells Out In UK: New Deliveries Delayed"

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If this was Tesla, they would be getting absolutely crucified for this.

You talking about the $35 k Model 3 delay?

You talking about the $35 k Model 3 delay?

Unfortunately, I can upvote your answer only one time.

true…. Tesla has not delivered 1 single $35K model 3 yet.

“Short Kia! They are going bankrupt any day now!”

Totally different companies, of course, with different financial realities. Tesla doesn’t have a line-up of ICE SUVs that they sell at a profit.
What Tesla has done is remarkable and I am grateful.

I think Michael G was joking. This does not bode well for U.S. supplies.

“Tesla doesn’t have a line-up of ICE SUVs that they sell at a profit.”

You do realize that is as much a Tesla advantage as disadvantage, right? It isn’t clear that helps one side or the other here at all.

Stinks of compliance car. If this is a sign of whats to come, this will be as ubiquitous as a Ionic EV in North America. Hyundai-Kia step up your game!

One should hope it’s a compliance car. That means they’re holding off on UK delivery to sell more in US compliance states. But I suspect not compliance car, just having trouble making enough due to supply issues, just like the article says.

Among non-Tesla auto manufacturers, Hyundai/Kia are the best, with the Kona, Niro EV, upcoming Soul EV, and Ioniq. Their only problem is battery supply but at least they have several good EV models ready to go ASAP; most other manufacturers don’t even have that.

They are really doing a remarkable job. 2018 was just shy of 100,000 PEVs for Hyundai/Kia which was more than double 2017. Only a desperate/foolish company grows faster than that. There are still bugs to be worked out. Additionally their models were rolled out in HEV/PHEV/BEV form in that order which certain people see as a weakness but it is absolutely smart. During this build up they have delivered hundreds of thousands of the HEV models of Ioniq/Niro/etc. and 10s of thousands of the PHEV and now ramping up BEV. The is the correct way to do it for a number of reasons. First, the entire platform is shared across several models reducing design costs per unit and giving volume pricing on everything from the cost of the plant to parts. Ioniq/Niro are virtually mechanical/electrical twins. Second, battery constraint is not avoidable on the ramp up. In that environment the math is that maximum world benefit is to deliver HEV/PHEV/BEV in that order. Anyone who says otherwise is simply not understanding the arithmetic. Third, across the entire line selling hundreds of thousands allows you to live with thinner margins. Fourth, Hyundai/Kia have rolled out several models and ALL new platforms… Read more »

Without an electric heater, the PHEVs are California climate cars. I hate my Sonata PHEV because it lacks a heat pump!

Hyundai should just buy it back from me and send it to California.

I’ve only seen one Model 3. Surely it’s a compliance car.

🙁 Geez, really sucks for those ready to buy. What a great car it is, and I’m glad there is ready demand. This is good news for potential Leaf sales and Model 3 sales I guess. We still have so few options at this price point and the ones we have are too small for a family with multiple kids.

More reason to spend the extra and buy a Tesla. Seriously, if you want to buy an EV, there are plenty of Model 3’s on the lot in North America.

“plenty of Model 3’s on the lot”

LOL. That’s the funniest thing anyone said about Model 3. Number of Tesla 3 “on the lot” is negative 300,000 or more, especially the “$35K” version.

Yeah both Tesla and Nissan will benefit from this for sure.
I think it’s strange that a large manufacturer with years of experience and supply chain management gets a production bottleneck. It it too bad for KIA/Hyundai too if they make money on this vehicle. Then they are mission out on a lof of sales.

Nissan already got my sale last year as I suspected the 60kWh options this year were going to be constrained, meaning no deals under MSRP

My 2018 is costing me $15,000 over the next 5.5 years, not counting the $1300 lease accel I also got

Someone please tell me again how there’s no demand for EV’s because they only make up a small percentage of sales…

Yeah, selling out a (very limited) year’s supply of EV’s for a market in a few weeks…totally sounds like there’s no demand for EV’s at. all. Right….

Maybe – MAYBE!! – EV market share is low not because of weak demand but because of extremely limited supply!? Crazy thought I know! Don’t tell the Tesla shorts or they’ll lose their minds.

But why do you think they don’t make more EVs. In this case the car is designed, … everything is ready, why is not Kia make 1 million of these?

The Ioniq was designed too….designed to sell in low numbers.

They want to ramp up in an oderly fashion? They have 4 pure EVs in the Hyundai/Kia group, and I’m sure they are satisfied with doubling production each year, wile keeping the price up.

Hyundai alon produced about 7500 EVs/month (Kona + Ioniq) for the last months in 2018, I woulnd’t be surprised if that increased for 2019.

I have tried it, and my feet can’t get under the front seats wwhen I sit in the back. A really strange design mistake.

You must have had the front seat on the lowest setting.

It’s dangerous to drive from the back seat, I suggest you move back to the front seat, the one with the big wheel in front.

Well, the Niro PHEV is available and in stock in many places. I realize it isn’t as compelling of a vehicle as the Niro EV, but it might be a good compromise.

The downvoters don’t like the reality many of us live in. I would have liked the PHEV or the EV, but we had to purchase what was available, because the Durango was starting to fall apart. Hybrid Niro it was.

We saw this coming, they’ve been having battery supply contraints for the past year but they will resolve it, demand isn’t going anywhere!

Yeah, pretty predictable. Tesla and BYD are the only companies which have invested serious money in ensuring a large supply of EV batteries for high-volume production of long-range EVs… and even Tesla was reported as having some problems with supply over the past year.

The other EV makers, including Kia, are either going to have to wait around for battery makers to ramp up production in their own sweet time, which means they will be severely production constrained probably for 15 years or maybe even more, or else they are gonna have to do exactly what Tesla has done, and invest some serious money in battery factories whose output is controlled by the auto maker — and not by the battery manufacturer.

You can probably add Merceds, BMW and the VW group too, since they have thought about this and have ordered enough batteries. That is the ONLY reason the battery cell production factories are build close the the Mercedes, BMW and VW group factories in Europe, and the US. For the cell manufacturers to set up shop, they have to have a signed deal for a large number of cells over a period of time. It cost money to build a cell production facility, and they usually build them to run at a high utilization rate. Battery cells are a commodity, but supply chain management is key for this to work. When KIA/Huyndai have problems with supply, it’s just a fact they did not order enough batteries a few years back. Depending on the cell tech used, they can sourse cells from several manufacturers – but the best prices will for sure be on pre orders, and high enough volumes. The way Tesla and BYD runs their business either share factory space with a single cell manufacturer, or manufacture the cells themselves may also have advantages. Depends on how technology change, and how much of the production equipment and factory layout… Read more »

Yeah but if Tesla has a shortage of batteries, that’s be like a grocery store being out of bread.

Offer a product which is in most ways superior to your gas mobiles, and amazing things happen. Go figure…

Next time they mention fuel cell crap I will remind them about lack of EV production. Their EVs are actually in high demand, but they continue to push FCEVs.

FCEVs may have a use in the near future. Time will tell. There are not really any that really push fuel cell cars, but a semi truck manufacturer will rely on the tech. Will be interesting to see how the price of FCEVs will go. I think Hyunday cut the cost of the fuel cell tech a lot. The new was costing 1/10th of what the previous version. If they get somethink similar over the next generation, the price will be competetive for sure. Running costs will never be able to compete with EVs due to loss under compression and so on. I hope they will succeed, since we need to replace some vehicles that use gas/diesel and where a pure electic version is not possible or practical. I think most of this will be in limited numbers, but the reduction in pollution will still be significant. Giant container ships should use a hydrogen fuel cell solution. One of there ships pollute more then most of the cars on Norway.. just one single ship. Imagine all the dirty ships using bunker oil. Bunker oil looks like asfalt or cold tar in room temperature. The environmental impact would be huge if… Read more »

Once again, Hyundai-KIA have admitted they lose money selling EVs in Europe till at least 2021. The only reason they already started selling them is because without they will probably miss the emission standards, which might up costing them billions of euros in fines. So nothing to do with any battery shortage, but everything to do with selling just enough to please the EU legislators. In Korea it’s a different case because of a very generous $12000 government incentive.

Yeah, they’re chasing incentives because they don’t have the battery supply to go all in in any one market.

another evidence to show that it is nothing more than a compliance EV.

I hope you are wrong…

I think it’s more battery supply short-sightedness.

Well shoot, really hoped to get one of these in Texas, but got my doubts they will actually get here anytime soon now!

Maybe the Tesla Y will make it first, I like a more crossover format rather than the Tesla 3. Thought the Niro EV was going to be my first option.

So it isn’t demand constrained? Really! Who knew?


900 vehicles? Is this a joke????? Kudos to Tesla for delivering 250000 cars.

It’s 900 more Kia eNiro than Tesla Model 3.

If the Ioniq didn’t point the way of things, then I think people are blind. I’d say VW are the next best placed company to really warp drive EV’s if their marketing campaign is anywhere near accurate.
And if Nissan are still trying to sell their battery business then you can see that they really don’t want to be in the EV business. All the manufacturers who have aligned with a battery business seem to be doing very well, all the others seem to be fighting over the scraps.

The Kia dealership in Amsterdam told me that the delivery of the Kia e-Niro requires a waiting period of 14 months after completing your order.

Order now and you will receive your Kia e-Niro in Q2 2020.

14 month wait! Then I will have to look for other hatchback options than E-Niro.