Kia Niro EV set a record last month in South Korea

2019 Kia Niro EV charging

For the first time, Kia sold more than 1.000 electric cars in one month in South Korea. The electric car responsible for this feat was the newcomer Kia Niro EV that had 1.066 units sold last month in its domestic market.

Currently the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia Niro EV represent the new generation of electric cars from the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group. Range is no longer a problem, but availability and price still are.

Moreover, the Kia Niro EV will be joined by the next generation Kia Soul EV early next year.


Also last month, Kia’s sister company, Hyundai, sold 102 units of the Hyundai IONIQ Electric and 1.382 units of the Hyundai Kona Electric in South Korea. It’ll be interesting to find out in the next months which one, the Hyundai Kona Electric or the Kia Niro EV will sell the most.


Thanks Illia Drobchak for the heads up.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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Richard P
3 years ago

It’s no surprise that Kona and Niro sell well, now (and in 2019) the only obstacle are production numbers!

3 years ago

Yes, agreed. The one that will sell most is the one that is most available. It seems we’ll have a long wait in Australia. Maybe it won’t beat the Model Y .

3 years ago

Hola Pedro Lima. Perdone se que lo que expongo no tiene que ver con la noticia, hace unos días la empresa C4V expuso una celda semisolida con 380wh/kg-700wh/l con visos de llegar al mercado para el segundo trimestre de 2019 con 400wh/kg-750wh/l su pagina web parece bastante actualizada y no se que creer desde luego es una tecnología avanzada a su tiempo y más si tenemos en cuenta que no lleva cobalto. ¿Usted que cree?. ¿Es puro Humo o cree que llegara al mercado?. Hablamos de un espacio de tiempo muy corto menos de 1 año, esta noticia me ha dejado muy sorprendido. En la práctica de ser cierto con estas celdas un Model S alcanzaria los 650-700km de autonomía real.

3 years ago

Looks (from the reviews) a great car (altough personally i prefer the hatch/sedan/estates forms)…It’s really a shame that Hyunday/Kia group are able to produce such nice vehicles but in such low numbers… and definetely not by lack of public interest… if they were able to make them and willing to (even if canibalizing some of their ICE vehicles), they could be a step ahead of Tesla outside US+CA and even Nissan… when model 3’s start rolling worldwide…every manufaturer will try harder than this…

2 years ago

InsideEVs just published the Norwegian price at 377,400 NOK, which is apparently 12.5% higher than the Kona.

This is disappointing, both in the limited availability, as we won’t be seeing the Niro EV in Canada any time soon, and because that’s a pretty big price jump. Maybe Kia is betting on Norwegian demand and limited competition, hoping that Norwegian buyers will just suck up the price premium. Applying the price difference relative to a Nissan Leaf would put the Niro EV well over $50K in Canada, putting it in the same range as BMWs and Jaguars.

I don’t see how there’s such a premium compared to a Kona either. yes the Niro is bigger, but it has the same motor, battery, same number of parts. bigger just means a bit more metal, plastic and glass. same number of steps when manufacturing, so the price premium should be a few hundred Euros at most.