Hyundai to build Kona Electric in EU to boost deliveries
In March this year, South Korean carmaker Hyundai will start producing the Kona Electric in its ultra-modern factory in the Czech Republic to speed up deliveries in the EU in 2020. By adding this production capacity, Hyundai wants to deliver more than 80.000 zero-emission cars, and become the EU’s biggest supplier of EVs.
The Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) plant in Nošovice (Czech Republic) is Hyundai’s only production plant within the EU boundaries and considered one of Europe’s most advanced. With 3.300 people and 500 high tech robots, an average of 1.500 cars a day are produced.
350.000 cars a year
The Kona Electric will join the models of the ix20, the i30 range, and the Tucson with the 48-volt mild-hybrid engine. In May last year, it produced its 3 millionth car since the start in 2008. The total capacity is 350.000 cars a year.
Its production is shipped to 69 different countries, but the majority within the European Union. Hyundai has a factory in Turkey too, in Izmit, where the i10 and i20 compact hatchbacks are made for the EU market. That factory has a capacity of 245.000 cars per year.
Increasing demand for EVs
Hyundai wants to answer to the growing demand for electric vehicles in Europe, that already surpasses supply. It will also boost the output of its factories in Ulsan, in South Korea, enabling more deliveries from other zero-emission models like the Ioniq Electric and the hydrogen driven fuel cell car Nexo.
With the production boost, the South Korean manufacturer hopes to cut back delivery times that were already quite reasonable compared to waiting times for some European electric competitors. On its website, Hyundai Belgium promises deliveries before the summer of the Kona Electric if ordered now.