Hyundai Kona Electric Sales Surge To New Record In South Korea

NOV 5 2018 BY MARK KANE 30

Hyundai produces and sells more Kona Electric in its home market

Hyundai reported that in October sales of the Kona Electric in South Korea amounted to 2,473, which is over 1,000 more than in September. If export sales were maintained, this could indicate the type of production ramp-up we were expecting and hoping to see.

Compared to the total of 5,375 Kona sold overall in South Korea last month, it seems that already 46% of buyers decided to go with the electric version.

Regardless of the export level, it will be a new sales record for the Kona Electric.

Hyundai Kona Electric sales – October 2018

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Source: Hyundai via pushevs.com

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30 Comments on "Hyundai Kona Electric Sales Surge To New Record In South Korea"

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Mitesh Damania

Backseat’s got no legroom. Why would you even consider it?

bukweet

Because my dog doesn’t need extra legroom. He’s happy sitting in the seat.

Magnus H

Pics or it didn’t happen! 🙂

wavelet

Let me guess, your dog heard you mentioning it and is now demanding equal rights? (-:

Arpe

Backseat legroom highly depend on the front passengers. For many families the Kona Electric will provide plenty of space.

Davek

Exactly. The average Korean isn’t as likely to have big problems with legroom as the average Norwegian. That said, it’s still fine for most reasonably sized people. I can sit comfortably behind myself and I’m 183 cm.

But I’d still rather have the e-Niro 🙂

MoMac

” I can sit comfortably behind myself …”

That may come in handy if you have an out-of-body experience.

wavelet

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Nick

I can’t reach the steering wheel from the back seat.

Some Guy

The Kona BEV is a decent vehicle, the important message here is the high BEV share although several drivetrain options are available. Also, is article is about sales in Korea. The average size of the people is different from other countries in height (and width). So unless your kids are NBA prospects, the car will do just fine.

dan

That’s your problem. Don’t put your legs on the backseats.

Adoreizi

Awesome! Now when does the US get some? I bet demand is 2,000 per month

Brett

I would bet demand is considerably higher than that, considering that Hyundai is still getting the full EV credit state side, but of course it will depend on North American pricing.

edward

I agree. A lot of Leaf crowd will jump cars.

QCO

Sadly it will never come to most parts of the US, only some CARB states.

Miggy

Hyundai Kona Electric is already the 10th best selling EV in New Zealand YTD 2018.
Hyundai have 3 models in the Top 10 and Tesla have 2 models in the Top 5.
http://ev-sales.blogspot.com/search/label/New%20Zealand

In the top 10 with 37 units YTD…it’s like watching Icelandic sales 😛

Miggy

Yeah small Kona-e numbers but still 37 units more than the USA.

BoltEV (was SparkEV)

Bolt is sold out in Korea and unknown length waiting list. Is KonaEV also sold out or are they still available? If Kona EV is not sold out, that might mean Kona EV not as popular. It’s understandable since Kona is slower to 60 MPH than even SparkEV and lot slower than Bolt.

DS

This would be relevant if commutes were a series of 0 – 60mph sprints.

BoltEV (was SparkEV)

Why get the slower one when both are priced similar and similar in size? I don’t know about you, but 0-60 is absolutely relevant in commutes.

Miggy

I think you are confused between the two Kona-e’s.
The long range Kona-e has a 150kW motor which is the same as the Bolt.
Both the Bolt and LR Kona-e have a 0-100km time of just over 7 seconds.
The standard range Knoa-e has a smaller motor and battery pack and is the slower one of the bunch.

TheCyberKnight

This is a fairly simplistic reasoning.
There are Kona waiting lists in all countries where the car will be sold.

Can Hyundai deliver significant amounts of this car remains to be seen.

BoltEV (was SparkEV)

My reasoning is if they’re already making significant amount. If they are and they are not sold out, that points to weak demand. If they are not and they care completely sold out, we can’t gauge the demand.

edward

They will be producing more than Tesla is. And QC will be 300% better than Tesla.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Damn, I gave you a +1 but you got negg’d for an honest question?
Tough crowd.

I’m curious on how many Bolts sold compared to this car there in South Korea.

Miggy

In September 2018 the Bolt and Kona-e both had Global sales of about 2,275 units each.

Texas Leaf

Hyundai doesn’t appear to be trying very hard to ramp up production. Even if they maintain 2,400 cars a month that’s still less than 30k per year. At this rate I wouldn’t expect more than a handful of Kona Electrics to come to America in 2019.

The Kona Electric is on the long list of affordable, well equipped EVs that are not and probably won’t be available to dealers anywhere near me. I don’t mind waiting but I’m starting to feel that neither the Kona Electric nor the Niro EV will ever be sold in Texas. That’s alright, I figure I can get a decade out of my 2018 Leaf before I really need to replace it and by then there should be a ton of decent EV offerings in Texas.

wavelet

From online reportage, they have a serious battery bottleneck at this point (Hyundai/Kia together has 2 midrange BEVs, Soul & Ioniq, and 2 long-range BEVs, plus several PHEVs).
They likely can’t increase production by much until 2020.

Kris

Already testet the legroom here in Germany. No problem at all! I’m 1,83m and maybe the backseats are not comfortable at very long distances, but for am hour or two, no problem at all!