Hyundai Kona EV Celebrates Huge Sales Milestone
This article is from CarBuzz.com July 19, 2020. Written by Martin Bigg. To see original article please click here.
It’s taken just over two years for the Hyundai Kona EV to reach this milestone.
With its affordable price, fast charging, and impressive range, the Hyundai Kona EV has been a huge hit for Hyundai. It’s been so popular that demand was far outstripping supply when the Kona EV first went on sale. Now, Hyundai has announced the Kona EV has passed a significant sales milestone for electric vehicles. Since going on sale just over two years ago in March 2018, sales for the Hyundai Kona has surpassed over 100,000 units worldwide.
As of June 30, cumulative sales of the Kona Electric reached 103,719 units. According to Hyundai, sales outside of the automaker’s Korea home market accounted for more than three-quarters of Kona EV’s total global sales.
This makes the Hyundai Kona EV one of the most popular small electric SUVs on the market. While its an impressive feat considering the Kona EV has only been on the market for two years, it’s going to take a long time to catch up with the Nissan Leaf, which surpassed 450,000 units earlier this year.
Starting at $37,190, the Hyundai Kona is one of the most affordable EVs on the market. And while it may not be quite as cheap as chief rivals the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf, its impressive range makes up for it.
On a single charge, the Hyundai Kona EV delivers 258 miles of range, which is 20 more miles than the Chevy Bolt. Using a Level III fast-charging system, the battery can be charged up to 80 percent in 54 minutes. As for performance, an electric motor produces 201 hp and 291 lb-ft.
The success of the Hyundai Kona EV will help Hyundai achieve its long-term goal of selling 560,000 battery electric vehicles by 2025. Looking ahead, Kia and Hyundai are planning to launch as many as 11 new EVs by 2025, including production versions of the Hyundai 45 Concept and Hyundai Prophecy Concept.
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