It might be related to the launch of production at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech in Czechia, in March 2020.
According to the latest news, the 64 kWh battery version of the Hyundai Kona Electric "manufactured from March 2020" is rated at up to 484 km (301 miles) of WLTP range.
That's almost 8% more than the previous 449 km (279 miles), which makes us wonder what caused such a noticeable improvement. One of the answers, pure speculation, is that Hyundai adjusted its WTLP rating, which in 2018 was downgraded from 470 km (292 miles).
The other factor, noted by the manufacturer, is new Michelin Primacy 4 tires, but it's doubtful that it would be a main reason (8% is too high of a gain to achieve it solely through more efficient tires).
More supply and production in Europe
One of the positive news is that the Hyundai Kona Electric should not be supply-constrained any more, as the company increased manufacturing capacity:
- production to be launched in Czechia, Europe in March 2020
- production to be increased at the Ulsan plant in South Korea
This year, Hyundai intends to sell over 80,000 zero-emission vehicles in Europe (including hydrogen fuel cell vehicles).
"Starting in March 2020, the company will introduce the Kona Electric in its Czech manufacturing plant, as well as increasing existing supply from its Ulsan plant in South Korea. This will drastically reduce delivery times for customers in Europe.
The decision to additionally produce the Kona Electric in Europe was made in order to better serve Hyundai’s European customers. Since going on sale in 2018, demand for the Kona Electric has surpassed expectations, and the increased capacity is intended to keep up with rising demand."
Drop by the Hyundai Kona Electric section of the InsideEVs Forum for more information about this electric crossover and the ownership experience.
Hyundai Motor boosts Kona Electric supply for Europe
- Hyundai to drastically reduce delivery times for Kona Electric in Europe
- Kona Electric to join production line at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) starting March 2020
- Focus on customer demand could make Hyundai the biggest provider of zero-emission vehicles in Europe, with over 80,000 units available in 2020
- With demand for zero-emission vehicles continuously rising, Hyundai Motor will triple the availability of its Kona Electric for customers in Europe.
Starting in March 2020, the company will introduce the Kona Electric in its Czech manufacturing plant, as well as increasing existing supply from its Ulsan plant in South Korea. This will drastically reduce delivery times for customers in Europe.
The decision to additionally produce the Kona Electric in Europe was made in order to better serve Hyundai’s European customers. Since going on sale in 2018, demand for the Kona Electric has surpassed expectations, and the increased capacity is intended to keep up with rising demand.
For 2020, Hyundai will provide over 80,000 units of zero-emission vehicles to European customers, including Kona Electric, IONIQ Electric and the NEXO fuel cell car. With this development, Hyundai expects to become the biggest provider of zero-emission vehicles in Europe in 2020.
We are listening to our customers and have made this decision in order to meet the growing demand for our electric vehicles. With more and more people becoming concerned about the impact of their choice of car on the environment, we see a huge potential for EVs in the European market. This reflects our progressive mindset and will reinforce our position as a leader in future mobility.Dong Woo ChoiPresident and CEO of Hyundai Motor Europe HQ
As well as its pioneering zero-emission models, the company also leads the industry with the most diverse range of electrified technologies in its production cars. From 48-volt mild hybrids to full hybrids (HEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), Hyundai has been consistently recognised as a leading manufacturer in the drive to make future mobility accessible to more people.
The Kona Electric has been acknowledged numerous times by the media as a ground-breaking new car. It was the first model on sale in Europe to offer a popular SUV body type combined with a long-range electrified powertrain, positioning Kona Electric as a significant step forward for customers looking for an electric car. With a series of enhancements recently introduced, it now provides even more benefits for customers, including faster three-phase charging in many European markets, new connectivity features added with Hyundai Bluelink®, and a new optional navigation system with 10.25-inch centre display.