Hyundai Kona Electric sales almost doubled in South Korea

Hyundai Kona Electric charging

Last month in South Korea, Hyundai sold 5.375 units of the Kona, of which 2.473 units were the electric variant (46 %).

This represents a nice production increase, considering that in the previous month (September), only 1.382 units of the Hyundai Kona Electric were sold in South Korea and even less in August (648).

However, we still don’t know how many units Hyundai produced for exportation last month.


Anyway, while production numbers are still far from ideal, Hyundai is now increasing production of the Kona Electric much faster than it did for the super-efficient Hyundai IONIQ Electric. The most important reason for this is battery supply.

With the LG Chem battery cell plant in Poland already operating and supplying European automakers, there is more battery cell local production available for domestic automakers (Kia and Hyundai) in South Korea. Furthermore, while the Hyundai IONIQ Electric still uses a rarer battery cell chemistry – that I suspect it to be NCM 424 -, the Kona Electric uses the more mainstream NCM 622 battery cells.

Hyundai and Kia have a golden opportunity to establish themselves as innovative automakers before 2020. After 2020 it’ll be much more difficult to standout since virtually every automaker will sell electric cars. The clock is ticking…

I’m curious to see if the South Korean automakers will seize this one-time opportunity. They already proved that they can produce great electric cars, they just need to increase production. Tesla Model 3 production figures should help them figure out how much demand exists for great electric cars.



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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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Illia Drobchak
2 years ago

Great news.

But really, anything less then 10K per month for Kona is nothing…

2 years ago

I think they already have a benefit over most other (especially European) automakers. They are actually producing cars, getting real-world feedback from daily users and thus have much better EV know-how compared to those who sit on their hands (e.g. Ford) or sometimes show nice photos of concept EV-s coming always in 5 years time.

Of course I wish also Hyundai (and others) produced much more EV-s than they currently are.

2 years ago

Producing EV batteries in places with very dirty electrical grid(brown coal!!( is a pretty sad choice,at least….)

2 years ago

I’m a little relieved to see this. Deliveries in Norway are already behind schedule, and I’m fearful the Q2-19 delivery estimate I’ve been given will prove far too optimistic. At least now I know production increased nicely, giving me more hope deliveries to Norway may pick up again soon.

I really don’t want to have to drive my 2012 LEAF with about 18 kWh remaining useable capacity another summer! It is my only car, but with an anxiety-free range of only 45 km on cold winter days and 80 km on a nice summer day I crave the freedom to roam around that my next car will deliver.

2 years ago

Finally soms decent export figures 2144 kona ev in october. Hoop they can keep up these number.