Enjoy great popularity


One in four Kona sold in Europe matches the electric version, reflecting the growing market trend towards this city SUV

The Hyundai Kona Electric enjoys great popularity in Europe, as one in four Kona sold on the old continent corresponds to the electric version. The Kona range consists of a total of four variants: the Kona Hybrid, the Kona Electric and the two combustion engine models, the Kona and the Kona N. More than 142,000 Kona units have been sold to date. world, including the more than 100,000 units sold in Europe since its launch in 2018.

With the introduction of the Kona Electric in 2018, Hyundai became the first manufacturer to merge the two main automotive trends in the European market: electric mobility and the emergence of SUVs in the city. The Kona Electric stands out with its powerful electric motor, long range and elegant appearance, all at an affordable price.

The customer can choose between two electric drives: an extended range version with a 64 kWh battery and a range of 484 km or a standard range version with a 39.2 kWh battery and a range of 305 km. It has been documented that the Kona Electric can travel up to 790 kilometers in the city on a single charge. In addition, this model set a record for autonomy on the German Lausitzring circuit, with 1,026 kilometers covered.

The popularity of the Kona Electric is in line with general market trends. The demand for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is steadily increasing in Europe. For example, registrations of electric cars have doubled in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the ‘European Electric Car Flash Report’ (June 2021). In the first five months of 2021 alone, 355,000 new BEVs were registered in Europe, more than in the entire calendar year 2019. As manufacturers expand their offerings to meet CO2 emissions targets, the BEV market in Europe is expected to grow by reach one million copies sold by the end of 2021.

In addition, owning a BEV is easier than ever as several countries in Europe encourage the purchase of zero-emission vehicles through generous subsidies. In addition, the number of charging points for electric vehicles is growing every year in Europe. Recognizing the importance of charging infrastructure in driving the adoption of BEV technology, Hyundai Motor Group last year became a shareholder in IONITY, Europe’s leading network of high-power charging stations. As fear of range and concerns about charging times are some of the main factors preventing customers from purchasing an electric vehicle, the construction of a dense network of high-speed charging stations across Europe is expected to encourage the adoption of this type of vehicle.

Under Hyundai fleet agreements, 15,000 units of Kona Electric were leased across Europe in 2021. One of the main reasons why the model is so popular with fleet customers is its all-electric powertrain with zero local emissions. Kona Electric is available with two electric battery options – a 64 kWh and a 39.2 kWh – to meet customer requirements, whether reducing CO2 emissions to meet new corporate sustainability goals or to autonomous driving for long journeys.

It also offers European companies a comfortable and comfortable fleet. The sub-compact SUV is small enough to drive smoothly on narrow European roads, yet roomy enough for its occupants to travel in comfort. The car also offers power front seats, heated second row seats and three-stage ventilation.

Source: La Verdad


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