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
– 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.