Hint: It's not the U.S. Or China.
All-electric crossovers are already the next big thing, as the all-new Hyundai Kona EV is really just the start. As first reported by Inside EVs, Hyundai Norway is already claiming that the first batch of Kona EVs are already sold out for this year. There was a total of 20,000 interested buyers but only 2,500 vehicles available. This is quite significant consider that the Kona EV isn’t dramatically more expensive than the conventionally powered version.
Specifically, the latter begins at around 254,900 NOK ($31,140) in Norway, while the electrified Kona carries a base sticker price of 325,900 NOK ($39,813). Remember, Norway has been one of the world’s best EV markets with Tesla being extremely successful there. In fact, there was a time when Teslas were the most popular cars in the Scandinavian country. Further fueling, if you will, EV sales are very attractive government incentives. For example, EV buyers are exempt from paying the value added tax and purchase tax which, on average, add about 50 percent of the total vehicle cost. Owners are then exempt from road tolls, ferry charges and even tunnel charges.
Considering the Tesla Model S and Model X are quite a bit more expensive than the Hyundai Kona EV, one can easily see the latter’s immediate popularity and high demand. The Kona EV at hand comes with the more powerful 64 kWh battery pack with a European WLTP rated range of up to 292 miles on a single charge. The US version will have a similar range because the EPA and WLTP ratings are fairly similar. It should also be noted higher rated Kona EV’s range is nearly twice that of the also new Nissan Leaf, which can make it till 151 miles before a recharge is required. The Chevrolet Bolt, to also compare, has a maximum range of 238 miles. Expect the US market Kona EV to arrive sometime in the first half of 2019.