Actually Hyundai’s Kona is already here and is being sold all over the United States and Canada. However, the Kona EV (Electric Vehicle) initially will only be sold in the Golden State. The New Hyundai’s funky looking subcompact SUV was introduced last spring.
Subcompact SUV’s are on fire and the Kona is what the struggling car maker needed. Hyundai, Kia, Genesis group is car rich and SUV poor at a time when more people are buying SUV’s
Hyundai’s Kona is the first vehicle sold with a combustion engine and an all electric engine. Hyundai says the Kona will have an electric range of 258 miles, which is higher than Nissan, the new Jaguar, the future Audi E tron and Chevy’s Bolt. The only electric vehicle has a longer range, is Tesla.
Pricing for the Kona EV starts at $37,000 before the $7500 Federal Tax Credit (for purchasers of an electric car ). The Electric Kona should be on sales early next year, however only in California and eventually to the rest of the country.
Tesla’s Model 3 is a bonafide hit. Out selling established players like, the Ford Fusion and the Nissan Altima. As a result, by the time the Kona hits the market Tesla buyers tax credit will be cut in half. Tesla says they plan to sell a basic Model 3, at $35,000 base price, however this model with have a range of 220 miles.
Yes Matilda, an Electic Car is in your future
Like the Model 3, Kona EV is a hit before it hits showrooms. Hyundai says, there is currently a 10 month wait for the electric vehicle. While there isn’t much of a demand for cars these days there is a huge demand for electric vehicles.
Tesla’s Model 3, sold more cars than the entire brand of Mercedes, BMW, and Audi. The Model 3, is the fifth bestselling car in the US, only the Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, and the Toyota Corolla is out selling the Model 3 and the average price of the Model 3 is more than double of those makes.
Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have committed billions to the Electric market. Mercedes Benz may jointly build electric cars with Tesla. Volkswagen and Ford are talking about jointly building electric cars.
Big Man Rides
While I haven’t completed a full test of the combustion Kona, I like the funkyness of the car But it is a subcompact. Leg room for this 6.4 giant was just ok, and its a narrow vehicle . It was tolerable but only for small jonts. It put together well and rides well for a subcompact . For big people the nice driving yet homely Chevy Bolt has more room and the price for the two are nearly the same , however the driving range on the Hyundai is a little longer. Average sized people wont have issue with the Kona.
As for SUV’s the Hyundai Kona is exceptional. Its the only Subcompact SUV that offers two engine choices, and the only Subcompact that offers 4 wheel drive* *The Kona EV will is only offered as a two wheel drive car.
So if you live in the other 49 states and want a Hyundai Kona EV you’ll have to wait. and if you live in the Golden State and want a Hyundai Kona EV, you’ll need to zip on down to your nearest Hyundai dealer and leave your deposit. What we learned from the Tesla, the line will only grow longer.