The all-new Hyundai Kona Electric has entered production. The second-gen model is aimed at the European market and produced in the Czech Republic, which should account for 15% of the plant’s total output.
The new Hyundai Kona was first announced at the end of 2022 before its full reveal in March this year. The compact SUV was designed as an EV first, adding to the model’s efficiency and packaging, although hybrid and ICE variants are also available.
Two variants of the Kona Electric will be offered to customers: a base version with a 114.6 kW (156 hp) electric motor and a 48.4 kWh battery pack, providing a 377 km range, according to the WLTP cycle.
The ‘long range’ version gets more power (160 kW/218 hp) and a 65.4 kWh battery, giving the electric cross-over a ‘class-leading’ 514 km WLTP range. The battery cells come from LG Energy Solution in Wroclaw, Poland, and are assembled by Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) in Nosovice.
Hyundai plans to build around 21 000 Kona Electrics by the end of the year, with 50 000 more expected in 2024, accounting for about 15 percent of the plant’s capacity, which also builds the i30 and Tucson models.
HMMC builds the Kona Electric for 22 European markets and 20 other countries. The first deliveries are expected by the end of the year.