Pre-Orders Now Open For Hyundai Kona EV In South Korea

4 weeks ago by Steven Loveday 22

Hyundai Kona EV

Hyundai Kona EV concept

While the Hyundai Kona EV is not yet in production, the automaker opened pre-orders in South Korea this week.

Coincidentally, the same day that Chevrolet earmarked 5,000 Bolts for the South Korean market, Hyundai Motor Co. began accepting initial pre-orders for the upcoming Kona EV.


While this is all positive news for South Korea, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Hyundai is moving rapidly since it’s the country’s largest automaker. Both Hyundai and affiliate car maker, Kia, have made it obvious as of late that they’re pushing electrification efforts forward.

The Kona EV is a subcompact SUV with two different battery options. Reportedly, choices include a 39.2 or  64 kWh battery pack. The smaller pack provides up to 150 miles of range, with the larger pack pushing 210-300 miles. However, battery pack size, as well as range at this point have received mixed reports. What we do know for sure is that the current Hyundai IONIQ Electric compact sedan is available with a 28 kWh battery pack and 124 miles of EPA-estimated range.

According to Yonhap:

“The two EV models will be available for around 20 million won ($18,000), factoring in government subsidies, according to the company.”

The Kona EV will be produced alongside the IONIQ Electric at the automaker’s primary production facility in Ulsan. IONIQ production is already underway, however, Kona production is set to start sometime in the first quarter.

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Source: Yonhap, Hyundai Korea

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22 responses to "Pre-Orders Now Open For Hyundai Kona EV In South Korea"

  1. Bon Bon says:

    Not sure what picture is that but there is no way Kona EV would look like that for now. Maybe in future. It would probably look like this at the launch:

    Does InsideEvs have any confirmation from Hyundai? or an officially released image?

    1. John Doe says:

      Could only hope it would look like that.
      If it does, I would for sure be waiting in line.. at least if it is as efficient as the Ionic.

      Would probably have to respray the orange parts in front, just like I would respray the front of the Ionic.

  2. tftf says:

    According to other sources, the Kona battery sizes are also different (40 instead of 28 for the smaller one):

    “The much awaited electric version of Hyundai Kona will have its powertrain (battery and motor) made by LG Chem. Depending on the version chosen, the 150 kW electric motor will be powered by a 39,2 or 64 kWh battery. While the 39,2 kWh battery will be enough for more than 240 km (149 miles) range, the 64 kWh will get at least 390 km (242 miles). These figures are from the South Korean test cycle, which gets very similar results to the EPA’s.”

    (Same source as bonbon’s comment, I read these numbers in various places)

  3. Lamata says:

    The Larger 64kwh battery ,”If” That is indeed the size should Deliver 300 Plus Mile range on that Vehicle…

    1. Warren says:

      The much more aerodynamic Model 3 gets that range on a 75 kWh pack. What is it about an SUV that would make it more efficient?

      1. William says:

        Anything above 250 mi. EPA range, on a 64 kWh battery, would be hard to achieve unless the Hyundai Kona EV was as narrow as the Chevy Bolt, and about equal in total weight.

  4. Steven Loveday says:

    Information at this point is slim and conflicting. Every time we receive news about something new from Hyundai or Kia, battery, range, pricing, is different or estimated. Generally, the testing cycle for range isn’t specified. Consulting multiple sources over the course of several days often leads to further confusion. We updated the wording and what we know thus far, based on recent news. We will continue to research and update as new, reputable information becomes available.

    1. tftf says:

      Hyundai’s Korean PR also mentions 40 and 64 kWh:

      PS: My earlier comment was probably blocked because of Asian characters in copy-paste. Now I just inserted a link.

      1. Steven Loveday says:

        Thank you.

  5. Terawatt says:

    The packs are expected to be 42.6 and 64.2 kWh, respectively, according to Hyundai Norway’s mail sent to KONA reservation holders.

    1. Benz says:

      Nothing was mentioned regarding to the delivery timeline?

    2. Mikael says:

      Do your know anything about the Niro EV? Any preorders or reservations possible yet?

  6. JyChevyVolt says:

    The Korean government has set aside 20,000 EVs for government subsidies. Apparently, you can pre-order cars to reserve a spot for those subsidies. Currently, over 18,000 have been pre-ordered.

    GM has sold out the Bolt EV (4,700 unit) in 5 hours. The Ioniq BEV has sold (2,700). The rest is made up of Kona EV (11,000) and others like the i3, leaf, Renault-Samsung, Tesla, etc…

    What does this mean?
    1. More Ioniq will be available internationally since only 2700 pre-order had been placed. Last year, the pre-order for Ioniq was over 13,000 causing a shortage internationally.

    2. Niro EV will be release for international market since Kia was late with the pre-order sales in the Korean market.

    3. Kona EV will be shipped in small volume for the international market.

    1. Benz says:

      All the produced Kia Niro EV’s in 2018 will be exported?
      When will Kia start the production of the Kia Niro EV?

      The produced Hyundai Kona EV’s will be mainly for the local market in 2018. The international markets will have to wait till 2019.

      1. JyChevyVolt says:

        “When will Kia start the production of the Kia Niro EV?”

        Kia said it will release the Niro EV with 39.2kWh in the second half of 2018.

        Here is the interesting part.
        Hyundai is releasing the Kona EV 39.2kWh with NMC 622 and the 64kWh with NMC 811. Sounds like Nissan’s strategy with the Leaf.

        Both LG and SK Innovation said, NMC 811 production will start in the fall.

        Expect to see 64kWh Leaf, Kona, and Niro around the same time.

        1. Benz says:


          “Expect to see 64kWh Leaf, Kona, and Niro around the same time.”

          There will not be much difference in price (at least in the beginning), I think.

          Until then the 40 kWh battery pack equipped Nissan Leaf is the best EV model in the market.

  7. Benz says:

    In 2019 at least 5 EV models (equipped with at least a 60 kWh battery pack) will be on the US market for less than $50,000 (and in Europe for less than €50,000).

    Tesla Model 3
    Chevrolet Bolt EV / Opel Ampera-e
    Nissan Leaf
    Hyundai Kona EV
    Kia Niro EV

    Which other EV model will join this group?

    Tesla Model Y (cross-over)
    VW I.D.?
    Mercedes Benz EQA and EQC?

    1. Benz says:

      Peugeot 208 EV
      Renault Clio EV
      Opel Corsa EV
      DS3 EV

      1. wavelet says:

        I doubt any of the others in your second post will get a 60kWh pack, possibly except the DS3, since it’s a luxury vehicle.

        However, the Zoé 41kWh (essentially an electric Clio) does ~190mi EPA-equivalent on a charge, so presumably all the above will still be able to do ~200mi on a ~45kWh pack, being smaller (better CdA) and lighter than the Model3/Kona/Niro.

  8. slufbeer says:

    Jac iev7s is just as good now

    1. Benz says:

      Only for sale in China?

  9. Steven says:

    Yet another compliance vehicle.

    Nothing to see here.

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