Hyundai slashes waiting time for Kona Electric

Published 31 January 2020

Hyundai says waiting times for its Kona Electric model in the UK will be 'significantly reduced' and cut to three to four months, as it ramps up production at its plant in South Korea and opens a new production line in the Czech Republic.

Initially available with a small (32kWh) or large (64kWh) battery, the former has now been removed from sale in the UK in a bid to streamline the ordering process and reduce delivery times.

Thanks to the Kona Electric's impressive range and relatively affordable price tag, Hyundai had to close order books last year as the waiting list hit 12 months.

Initially, customers could only order a Kona Electric via the brand's Click to Buy website, but dealers are now taking orders with a lead time of around three to four months.

The 64kWh model - with its official 278-mile range - accounts for more than 99 per cent of sales, which is why Hyundai UK's decided to drop the more affordable 32kWh model. Prices start from £35,100 after the Government's Plug-in Car Grant, while the Premium SE model costs £37,450.

“The Hyundai Kona Electric has achieved outstanding success in the UK since its introduction, with demand for the model quickly outstripping supply," said Hyundai Motor UK's managing director, Ashley Andrew.

"We have listened to our customers and are significantly ramping-up availability in order to cut delivery times, a move that we hope will encourage more people to consider a fully electric car.”


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