The Hyundai Kona electric compact SUV has passed 100,000 sales globally, two years after it arrived in showrooms.
The pure-electric car clocked up exactly 103,719 sales as of June 30, 2020 – as is on its way to the first 1000 deliveries in Australia – according to figures supplied by Hyundai.
More than three-quarters of Hyundai Kona electric sales are outside its home market of South Korea, as the model makes inroads in the US and Europe.
The Hyundai Kona electric compact SUV went on sale in Australia in March 2019 priced from $59,990 plus on-road costs (about $65,000 drive-away), and joined hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric versions of the Hyundai Ioniq hatchback.
Although it costs more than twice as much as the base model petrol-powered Hyundai Kona, the electric version comes with every available piece of safety and technology the company makes, as well as having a sophisticated electric motor and advanced battery pack.
While sales of the Hyundai Kona electric in Australia have been comparatively modest by global standards (745 deliveries reported to date), interest has increased since an updated model with longer driving range arrived in October 2019, just six months after the model debuted locally.
The Kona electric SUV is a key part of Hyundai’s plan to sell in excess of 560,000 battery-powered vehicles globally by 2025.
Following its most recent update with a 64kWh battery pack, the Hyundai Kona electric vehicle has a slightly longer real-world driving range of 449km (based on the European WLTP standard, rather than a laboratory test).
It is also capable of fast 100kW DC charging, which delivers 80 per cent battery capacity in just under an hour (54 minutes claimed).
As with other flagship models in the Hyundai range, the Kona electric has a full suite of standard safety tech, including autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance, and radar cruise control with traffic stop-and-go. Unlike the infotainment system in a Tesla, it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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