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.