Demand For The Hyundai Kona Electric Far Exceeds Supply In Norway

The Norwegians absolutely love their electric vehicles. So much so, that Hyundai had to stop taking orders of the Kona Electric in the country soon after sales commenced.

In a press release, the South Korean automaker said it had received interest from over 20,000 customers in Norway looking to purchase the Kona Electric. However, they intend on selling just 2,500 examples in the country this year to ensure other countries also get to enjoy the model.

In Norway, the entry-level Kona Electric 64 kWh Technology is priced from 325,900 NOK ($39,813), making it roughly $8000 more expensive than the entry-level petrol model. Pricing for the Kona Electric range rises to $41,035 when optioned with a leather interior, and $42,256 for the highest-trim level. Metallic paint costs an extra $598.

Driving the Kona Electric is an electric powertrain delivering 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque. As its full name suggests, the Kona features a 64 kWh, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack. All of the crossover’s power is sent through the front wheels. Hyundai claims that the Kona Electric returns 117 MPGe, making it superior to the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X.

The electric crossover comes with a 100 kW DC fast-charger, which allows the battery pack to be charged to 80 per cent capacity in just 54 minutes, as standard.

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  • ZYGIUS

    Shame on you Nissan, Toyota/Lexus, GM, Tesla and all others, Hyundai showed how to create a mass fully electric pseudo SUV/CUV.
    What Nissan waiting, they have electric cargo van, but they can release electric Qashqai or Juke???
    What waiting Toyota/Lexus over 15 years with all his hybrids????

    • Moveon Libtards

      Now if only Korea can figure out how to fix its horrible economy, well…

      Kind of like Korea becoming a suerpower…not going to happen, ever.

    • Agreed. I praised Jaguar for making an EV what people want – an SUV. It’s surprising to me that when there is this demand for SUVs in all brands, nobody is building them. Surely it’d workout more cost effective to build EV CUVs / SUVs than other lower-selling models. As also proven with this SUV craze, people will spend more for an SUV so it’d work effectively at hiding costs plus the potential to increase profit too.

    • krusshall

      If it looked like the regular Kona then yes, good move, but the conversion to EV makes the Kona EV worse in appearance than the Bolt/Ampera-e. The Niro EV is more promising though.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Norway, the country that talks about NOT driving cars and has such a little car market compared to the rest of the world. Not really an accomplishment.

    But good to see the Japanese and Germans, and especially Tesla the biggest talker, falling behind. All talk, no action.

  • krusshall

    And I just watched a European review of the Bolt that spoke a lot about Norway. Norwegians don’t necessarily “love” EVs. The government has made it very expensive not to buy EV by waiving VAT and sales tax along with other incentives.

    • Alfa Giulia QV

      So basically they set up a situation where buying an EV is the least expensive option compared to ICEs?

      • krusshall

        Waiving VAT and sales tax is roughly 50% (according to this review) of the vehicle sale price added on so for example a $50,000 ICE car would cost $75,000 and a $50,000 EV car would cost $50,000!

        • This just forecasts what’s going to happen globally when battery prices go below $150/kWh, which seems to be few years away tops. Get ready for Norway effect all around the globe.

    • TheBelltower

      The Norwegians are incredibly proud that they are among the first to embrace clean technology. The tax advantages are the result of consumer interest in the adoption of EVs, not the cause.

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