Norway – Ordering closed due to overwhelming demand. Only 2500 are set to be delivered in Norway in 2018, and over 20,000 customers expressed interest when order books were first opened in June 2018. Pricing is slightly higher than the base, gasoline powered Kona with the 64 kWh Kona Electric Technology priced at 25,900 NOK ($39,813)
Canada – Pre-orders opened in July 2018, with all deliveries set to start at the beginning of 2019. The cars will be built in December and deliveries set for the first quarter of 2019.
United Kingdom – On August 2, 2018, the order books opened for the Kona EV. Actual deliveries may only start in August 2019.
Australia – Kona Electric will be available in Australia sometime ‘later this year’ (2018)
India – Hyundai is planning on selling the EV in India, but no dates were given.
United States – Due to overwhelming demand for the Kona EV, Hyundai USA has announced it will limit Kona Electric sales to the 10 zero-emissions states: California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Hyundai has also made a statement that out-of-state buyers will no longer be accepted:
“Given the current demand for Kona Electric in California and other ZEV states, we aren’t able to support volume sales in all non-ZEV states at this time. In the near future, we do plan to offer Kona Electric in non-ZEV states that exhibit higher electric vehicle demand.”
Historical Availability of the Kona Electric
March 20 – Hyundai USA sent out emails to people who had registered interest in the Kona EV that are outside of the initial areas of availability offering them a gasoline powered Kona.
Feb 21 – Hyundai USA made an announcement in response to the overwhelming demand for the Kona EV “Given the current demand for Kona Electric in California and other ZEV states, we aren’t able to support volume sales in all non-ZEV states at this time. In the near future, we do plan to offer Kona Electric in non-ZEV states that exhibit higher electric vehicle demand.”
On February 14, Hyundai USA delivered the first Kona Electric in the USA to a pediatric doctor in Baltimore, Maryland.
In a press release on January 28, 2019, Hyundai announced the Kona EV is “with initial availability in California and subsequently in the ZEV-focused states in the western and northeastern regions of the U.S. market.”
Previously, Hyundai stated that the Kona Electric was arriving in California in early 2019, with other ZEV-focused stats in western and the northeastern regions of the U.S. market to follow. Orders will be accepted from every state.
December 2018 – Hyundai USA announces pricing for the Kona Electric as well as affirms production targets for the U.S. market. Initially available in California in early 2019, and then in other ZEV_focused states in western and northeastern regions of the U.S. market. Pricing was also announced for the USA – starting at $36,450 with an available $7500 tax credit, for a sub-$30,000 net value dependent on individual tax circumstances. source
November 2018 – After a trip to South Korea by Michael O-Brien, Hyundai Motor America’s VP for product, corporate, and digital planning, Hyundai says that deliveries of the Kona Electric will start in California before the end of the year, with other ZEV states to follow 2 weeks later. Customers in all other areas of the country can order the Kona Electric.
October 2018 – Hyundai USA sent an email out to people registered as ‘interested’ in the KONA Electric. With the subject line of “Coming soon: Our first electric SUV”, the email highlighted the incredible range of up to 258 EPA estimated miles, quick easy charging, and all of the tech options in the cockpit. The email stated that the Kona Electric would arrive in California in early 2019, and if you couldn’t wait, you could see Hyundai electric vehicles that were ‘available now’ (IONIQ EV, PHEV, Hybrid and Sonata Hybrid). Full email here
October 2018 – Kona Electric delayed until August 2019 in the UK. Since the order books opened in August, the delivery details have changed. Originally, the 39.2 kWh battery version was shown ready for immediate delivery, and the 64 kWh was scheduled for February 2019. Now, both are showing as August 2019
October 2018 – Hyundai Canada has pushed back all deliveries to the start of 2019 according to letters sent out to Kona Electric reservees
August 2018 – Hyundai said they intend to sell the Kona EV in India, but no date was given. The price in India is expected to be Rs. 20-25 lakh (between around $28,560 to $35,700)
August 2018 – August 4th, Hyundai Norway unloaded the first shipment of Kona Electric vehicles in Norway.
August 2018 – Hyundai confirms the Kona Electric will be introduced in Australia later this year, but no more specifics were given.
July 2018 – Hyundai Canada began accepting pre-orders with a $1000 CAD deposit with expected delivery by the end of 2018.
July 2018 – Hyundai sold 2500 copies of the vehicle in July with almost half in South Korea, and the rest overseas.
June 2018 – Hyundai announced pricing for the 64 kWh Kona Electric and began accepting orders, with first deliveries scheduled to happen a month later in July. Due to overwhelming demand of more than 20,000 interested customers, Hyundai Norway had to close the ordering list and only 2500 KONA Electrics set to be sold in Norway this year.
June 2018 – In Norway, from the list of 20,000 reservation makers, Hyundai has 6,969 confirmed orders for the Kona EV.
June 2018 – Hyundai UK announces pricing for the 2019 Kona Electric. Prices will start from £29,495 (excluding Plug In Car Grant) for the KONA Electric SE 39kWh with the range topping Kona Electric Premium SE 64kWh is available from £36,295 (not including Plug In Car Grant). UK order books are set to open August 2.
May 2018 -South Korea began receiving deliveries of the Kona EV
InsideEVs reports the electric vehicle is going on sale in Europe in mid-2018 with an expected base price of £30,000 (€34,000 or over $40,000) for the base range, and £35,000-£37,000 (€40,000-€42,000 or $47,000-$50,000) before incentives for the range topping model with the 64 kWh battery pack.
April 2018 – Media outlets state the Kona Electric will be sold in California first, but there is no indication it will become nationwide.
March 2018 – InsideEVs.com reported that the Kona Electric will first be available in California only, and then followed shortly later by the ZEV states like Washington, Oregon, New York, etc. They also guessed the price would be in the mid to high $20,000 range as the base model, gasoline powered Kona starts at $19,500.
February 2018 – Some sources said the Kona Electric will be available in the United States in the first half of 2019 and that the base price would be under $40,000 USD. Only the larger 64 kWh battery pack, longer range version will be available.