The first shipment of the Hyundai Kona – Hyundai’s new electric crossover – outside South Korea has arrived in Norway as Hyundai start to try and satisfy demand and orders.
It’s only six months since the Hyundai Kona electric crossover was revealed, as Hyundai staked its pitch for a big piece of the burgeoning electric car market with a car that really could be the ‘Game Changer’ Hyundai hope for.
Key to that is the Kona’s range of around 300 miles (when you buy the 64kWh version – a bit under 200 miles for the smaller battery version), its on the Zeitgeist crossover/urban SUV shape – and its price.
The relatively low price for the Kona (in the UK it costs from under £30k for the 64kWh Kona) gave us the first indication of the prospects for Kona sales when Hyundai in Norway put it on sale – and got 20,000 expressions of interest in no time at all and had to close the order books.
As far as we can tell, Hyundai only has the capacity to build 30,000 electric Kona’s a year, and on current form they could probably sell all those in Norway. They look to have confirmed orders in Norway of around 10,000 already.
But Hyundai is now starting to fulfil those orders, with the first Kona EVs to be shipped outside South Korea now landing in Norway, with the first boat delivering 100 Konas to Europe’s electric car capital, and the promise of 100s more due to arrive this month.
It does look like Hyundai has a real hit on its hands with the Kona EV, but it also looks like it has the same sort of problem Tesla has encountered with the Model 3 – it can’t build enough quickly enough. But we don’t mind betting Hyundai will resolve that problem a lot more efficiently than Tesla.
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