Hyundai KONA Electric achieved the 100K milestone

Hyundai Kona Electric charging

June was a great month for the Hyundai Kona Electric with 6.364 units sold worldwide. This record sales month helped the Hyundai Kona Electric reach the 100K milestone.

In just over two years Hyundai managed to sell 103.719 units of this great electric car.


Let’s see the press release.


  • Hyundai KONA Electric achieved the 100K milestone in just over two years since its launch
  • KONA Electric’s class-leading driving range, fast-charging capability, safety and convenience features have led to sales success and industry accolades
  • Hyundai seeks to sell 560,000 BEVs annually by 2025, leveraging KONA Electric’s global success


17 July 2020 – KONA Electric, Hyundai Motor Company’s globally rewarded full electric compact SUV, has surpassed the 100,000 global sales milestone.

Cumulative sales of KONA Electric reached 103,719 units as of June 30—just over two years since its launch in March 2018. Sales outside of its home market Korea accounted for more than three quarters of the total.

KONA Electric has been widely lauded for its class-leading driving range, fast-charging capability, safety and convenience features.

In April 2020, the inaugural TopGear Electric Awards named the model the Best Small Family Car, based on its performance during a 24-hour, 1,600-km European road trip. The same year, U.S. News & World Report named it the Best Electric Vehicle. In 2019, WardsAuto included KONA Electric on its 10 best engines list. In 2018, Auto Express named it the Affordable Electric Car of the Year. The EV also played a role in the KONA nameplate winning Spanish newspaper ABC’s Best Car of the Year award. It also won the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year.

Building on KONA Electric’s successful legacy, Hyundai Motor Company is focused on making zero-emissions mobility a reality, making it a significant part of its long-term strategy. By 2025, the company aims to sell 560,000 battery electric vehicles in addition to FCEV models.

About KONA Electric

  • Sub-compact electric SUV segment-leading range of up to 484km
  • Bold, fresh design elements with extroverted color options
    • Signature LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights
  • High-efficiency 204 PS (150 kW) or 136 PS (100 kW) electric motor powertrain
  • High-voltage 64 kWh or 39 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • Standard floating touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™ capability
  • Hyundai Smart Sense (HSS):
    • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
    • Driver Attention Warning
    • Lane Keeping Assist
    • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
    • High Beam Assist
  • Premium technology availability:
    • 8-inch navigation system
    • Shift-by-wire center console drive controls with additional lower storage
    • Next-generation Blue Link® connected car system
    • Head-up display (with active pop-up display screen)
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Qi wireless-device charging


In March Hyundai started the deliveries of the Kona Electric made at its European manufacturing plant, in Czech Republic. This was an important measure to reduce delivery times in Europe, which is definitely the best market for this electric car.

The Hyundai Kona Electric made in Europe also got better efficiency, range and an optional 3-phase 11 kW on-board charger to please European customers.

First Hyundai mentioned that the Kona Electric got better efficiency and range from new tires, then months later it also unveiled that Hyundai and Kia electric cars now have a new and more efficient heat pump system.

We still don’t know if new and more efficient tires and heat pump were the only things that Hyundai introduced.

It’s possible that Hyundai also replaced the old NCM 622 battery cells with a new more energy-dense battery chemistry (NCM 712) that is now being produced by LG Chem.

Chevrolet, Renault and Volkswagen already adopted the new chemistry, which reduces the need of cobalt and makes possible higher production volumes.



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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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1 year ago

I’m more interested on this car then any else.

1 year ago

Congratulations Hyundai.
Any idea on how many Ioniq BEVs they sold.
Sadly Hyundai does not seem to show interest in Ioniq even though its sold in Hybrid, Plugin & Electric versions.

In Kona, they bypassed Hybrid & Plugin versions straight to Electric in addition to the Gasser.

1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Mr. Pedro Lima
Thanks for the prompt response. So Hyundai has sold more than 8.000 Ioniq Electric in 2020-H1. This is decent sales given the pandemic effect.

Hope the sales increases in 2020-H2. Ioniq is a functional hatchback with 651 liters of trunkspace and a very high fuel efficiency.

1 year ago

Mr. Pedro Lima

Can you please provide a list of BEVs that has sold 100,000 units.
Just for info, Model 3 crossed 580.000 units while Leaf is around 480.000 units.

Leo B
1 year ago
Reply to  Famlin

Apart from the ones you mention, I guess at least:
BAIC EU-series
Tesla Model S

1 year ago

congratulations HYUNDAI, you have sold as many konas BEV in 2 years.. while REnault took how much? 6 years? o 7 from 2013 to 2019 to sell the same number in europe?. Because.. they mostly only sell it at europe…

1 year ago
Reply to  Francesc

AFAIK they sold 200k Zoe’s. 😉 But i agree it’s shame they don’t offer them outside Europe, especially in Asia.

11 months ago

Hi , I thought you might be interested to know that recently I saw some Hyundai ads in Jakarta for the Kona EV and the Ioniq EV. I did a quick look up and there is at least one dealer here who is selling them. They are listed at 700 million rupia, which translates to around 40K euros. I’m not sure if that price includes taxes.

I wonder if Hyundai anticipates that the upcoming Ioniq 5 will soon displace the Kona EV in Europe, and so they’re looking to move the Kona EV into other markets like Indonesia or African countries?

11 months ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Yes, definitely too expensive, but I wonder if Hyundai think they can make more profit off the Kona by being early to developing markets where they already have dealer networks? Then again, initial estimates are that the Ioniq 5 is going to be even more expensive than the Kona, so the two might be able to co-exist alongside each other.

I thinking that if the Ioniq5 was priced similar to the Kona and the ID.4, then I don’t see how any EV buyer picks the Kona over the Ioniq5, but has the Ioniq5 at a significantly higher price.

Which is disappointing, as even though the Ioniq5 looks amazing, if it’s a lot more expensive than the ID.4, then I’m going to put the ID.4 well ahead of it when I’m figuring out my next EV.

11 months ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

I just double checked, the Indonesian price is for the 39kwh version, which is waaay too high. I somehow thought it was for the bigger battery, but no. So yes, perhaps Hyundai is looking to make a profit from it by selling it in markets where there is no EV competition. The LEAF is due here in March, but my guess is it’s also the 40kwh version, priced way too high.

The DFSK Glory e3 is also coming at the same time, apparently.