Could the Hyundai Kona EV, which is a hero in its own right for making long-range electric vehicles budget-friendly, become a distant memory with the next-gen Hyundai electrical automobiles under the ‘Ioniq’ sub-brand beginning to emerge? Discontinuation of the older Hyundai Ioniq electric is inescapable as the far exceptional Ioniq 6 would come as its direct successor, however what’s the future of the more current Hyundai Kona Electric?
In 2020, Hyundai provided the Kona Electric a facelift to stay fresh in the global markets and began production in Europe as demand was outstripping supply in the area. Nevertheless, the company terminated the design in South Korea. The loss of credibility the initial design suffered because of fire threat and other reported problems have actually led to its failure in the home market. It still sells the ICE and hybrid versions of the Kona there, though.
The Ioniq 5 is now the brand-new entry-level EV alternative from Hyundai back home, and though it is a higher-class (C-segment) design, Hyundai has priced it extremely near Kona Electric. The Kona Electric’s prices started at KRW 46,900,000(EUR 34,846), while the Ioniq 5 starts at KRW 46,950,000(EUR 34,883 onwards). It seems that the business placing the higher-class Ioniq 5 as Kona’s follower for nearly the exact same cost to recover self-confidence.
Kona EV amongst the Top 5 EVs in Europe in 2021
In abroad markets, Hyundai does not plan to cease the Kona EV, and this year it began the rollout of a facelifted variation with sharper exterior and brand-new interior features. Penetrated on the possible axing of the Kona EV in the face of sophisticated electric cars, Lorenz Glaab, Vice President, Hyundai Motor Group, told autocar.co.uk in 2015 that discontinuation is one possibility. He indicated that it could occur in the far-off future, including that the business’s very first electric SUV will remain on sale even after the Hyundai Ioniq 5 arrives on the market.
Hyundai Motor Group released the Kona Electric (Hyundai Kauai Electric/Hyundai Kona EV/Hyundai Encino EV) in March2018 By 30 June 2020, cumulative sales reached 1,03,719 units. While not a very high volume design for the company, with countries starting to embrace EVs worldwide thanks to rewards, the potential in the short-term is big. Hyundai began producing the Kona Electric in the Czech Republic in 2020 to satisfy the growing demand in Europe. Last year, the Kona EV was the fourth very popular EV in Europe, with sales of about 48,000 automobiles. Over 22,000 Kona EVs have been offered in the very first half of 2021 (semiconductor chip scarcities withstanding), as per the numbers put together by CleanTechnica, which puts it in 5th location among BEVs.
Like the Ioniq 5, the future Hyundai Ioniq EVs will sit on the E-GMP platform and load the most recent improvements in powertrain, connection, and driving help technologies. They will also be speculative in some methods, like extravagant designs and new-age battery systems, for instance. While there are numerous reasons to keep less advanced EVs like the Kona Electric on sale, lower cost is the most compelling.
|Aspect||Hyundai Kona EV||Hyundai Ioniq 5|
|Price||GBP 27,950 onwards||GBP 36,995 onwards|
|Length/Width/Height||4,205 mm/1,800 mm/1,570 mm||4,635 mm/1,890 mm/1,605 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,600 mm||3,000 mm|
|Max. Tow Weight (Braked)||Not Homologated||1,600 kg|
|Max. Tow Weight (Unbraked)||Not Homologated||750 kg|
|Luggage Capacity (rear seats up)||332 litres||527 litres|
|Luggage Capacity (rear seats down)||1,114 litres||1,587 litres|
|No. of Motors||One (Front)||One (Rear)/ Two (Front and Rear)|
|Motor Max. Power||150 kW/204 PS||Up to 224 kW/305 PS|
|Motor Max. Torque||395 Nm/2913 Lb.-Ft.||Up to 600 Nm/446 Lb.-Ft.|
|0-62 miles per hour Acceleration||≥ 7.9 seconds||≥ 5.2 seconds|
|Top Speed||≤104 miles per hour||115 mph|
|Battery Pack Energy Content||Up to 64 kWh||Up to 73 kWh|
|Range (WLTP)||Up to 300 miles||Up to 298 miles|
|On Board Charger||105 kW Three-Phase||105 kW Three-Phase|
|Max. Charging Power||100 kW||350 kW|
|DC Fast-Charging Time (to 80% SoC)||47 minutes||17 min. 16 sec.|
The potential for the Hyundai Kona EV might increase in the coming years as electrification of the B-Segment is unavoidable. As the EV facilities expands and battery price lowers, budget-constrained personal clients and the fleet buyers would be in the market for a standard electrical automobile with rear doors. Having earned a strong brand recognition in Europe, Hyundai must look to leverage the success of the Kona for the mass-market in its objective to sell 560,000 BEVs every year by 2025.
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