Hyundai IONIQ Electric sales drop in February

Hyundai IONIQ Electric sales drop in February
Hyundai IONIQ sales in February, 2018

Last month, only 1.531 units of the Hyundai IONIQ Electric were sold in the entire world. Considering that in the previous month the sales figure was 1.959 units, Hyundai needs to do much better to reach the 48.000 units sales goal for this year.

The drop in sales can only be the result of planed production constraints since the demand for this electric car continues very high. This situation could be bad or good, depending of its reasons.

It can be perceived as a good thing, if it means that Hyundai is already focusing on the much-awaited 2019 Hyundai IONIQ Electric with more range that is expected to be on sale this year.


Let’s not forget that in South Korea, first deliveries of the Hyundai Kona Electric will start already next month and the Kia Niro EV will arrive in July. It wouldn’t make sense to delay the battery upgrade announcement for the Hyundai IONIQ Electric much longer.

While both the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia Niro EV get two battery options (39,2 and 64 kWh), considering that the Hyundai IONIQ Electric is a super efficient electric car, I think that a 39,2 kWh battery would do just fine. Hyundai just needs to produce enough of those…


What do you think? Will Hyundai finally increase production substantially when the 2019 model year arrives?



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Steve Cavey

Hyundai have got to bite the bullet and increase investment for EVs, maybe move the resources from the now outdated diesel range.
Coming out with 64 kWh is definitely needed to get over range anxiety with current car users. The current charging network in the UK, is still lacking in some areas Norfolk/Suffolk for example has hardly any 50kw chargers and this can be of putting for visitors to this area.


They should stop investing in FCEVs and go all in EVs.


Pedro, do you have any information why Hyundai-Kia still push the FCEV development, while all other automakers are focusing mostly on EVs (with exception of Toyota and Honda).

It’s so strange that Hyundai builds the world’s most efficient car (Ioniq EV) and on the other side support development of fuel cell vehicles which have waaay lower efficiency than EVs…

This is, in my humble opinion, really absurd!


I’m driving for almost a year now an Ioniq, over 30000km I never used an fast charging, always charge at home and at work. Yes I’ve had a couple of times some little adjustments in my planning, Leaving work early to charge at home and then ending the night with 0km on the ioniq in turtle modus ;-). Driving 250 km a day to 380km a day is quite possible without using fast charging. I’ve got my own solar powered chargepoint (3.7kw currenlty) at home so I think 70+kw fastchargers are handy but not mandatory. I think they should immediately… Read more »

Ben Galvin

I absolutely agree with Steve Cavey both about Hyundai needing to take EV production more seriously and about EV rapid chargers in Norfolk and Suffolk.


It would be nice if they would offer more battery options and keep the fast charging. And as always they need to produce more EVs.

Thomas Stinner

February had 18 workdays, january had 22. That is the whole story.


En la grafica también se puede ver como la versión HEV para la exportación disminuye en 800 vehiculos y en el domestico aumenta en 120 vehiculos……Ya lo he dicho anteriormente y lo vuelvo a decir no veo a Hyundai con un programa comercial serio respecto a este vehiculo me da la impresión que no tienen excesivas ganas de venderlo y es algo que no entiendo con lo buen coche que es, al menos la versión HEV que es el que yo tengo. Tal vez Pedro Lima tengas mucha razón con lo que dijiste, LG su proveedor de celdas no de… Read more »

Jonas Jovial

The reason is simple: Ioniq availability is low, price is to high and the new Leaf is here..


Korean 2018 Ioniq is still not being sold in Korea, only 2017 Ioniq is available. 2018 korean Ioniq will have a range of 200 km vs 190 km of 2017 Ioniq, both under korean range cycle.


New 2018 Ioniq has been presented in Korea, EV with 200 km of range instead of 2017’s 190 km and new safety features.


It’s on the Hyundai Korea website:

Nothing exciting here, what we want is the 2019 model year.


The 2019 could slaughter the EV market.
RWR 180 miles (Real world range is about 120 miles fro 24kWh, so maths says they will get 180 out off 33kWh.)

thats 144 miles at 80%
or 2 hours driving(at 70mph) per rapid charge indefinatly.
and at 70kw charging thats all current rapid chargers at max rate.

2hrs drive 16 min stop,* drive, eat / charge, repeat.

*assume 70kwh charging with no tailing and no buffer,
on a 50kWh its more like 30min stop or to keep a buffer 40 minutes,


Where are the 24kWh coming from, the current Ioniq Electric has a 28kWh battery? And where are the 33 kWh coming from?


I suppose it’s coming from:
2017 version had a 31kWh batterij pack, 28kWh usable
80% of 31kWh is 24kWh (end of quick charge point)
2018 version gives a little more range maybe a 33kWh batterypack

Louis Des Rosiers

I believe Hyundai should add the 64 kWh motor as an option on the Ioniq EV especially in Canada and the U.S. where distances are longer.