Currently reading: Hyundai “drastically cuts” UK waiting time for Kona Electric
Customer waiting times for sought-after EV have been “significantly reduced” thanks to new Czech production plant and increased Korean supply
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30 January 2020

Hyundai has responded to unprecedented customer demand for the Kona Electric by “drastically” cutting waiting times for UK orders. 

The Kona went on sale in the UK in the second half of 2019, but demand rapidly outstripped projected supply. By early 2019 the waiting list was up to 12 months for the EV, with brand sources admitting they significantly under-estimated demand. Restrictions on battery supply and the desire to sell more EVs in 2020 to aid fleet average emissions targets were also a factor. 

Now, however, available numbers of the Kona Electric are being boosted by a new production plant in the Czech Republic, as well as an increase in supply from the existing facility in South Korea. A Hyundai UK spokesman has confirmed that the estmated delivery time for most orders is between 3 and 4 months. 

Last month sister brand Kia confirmed it would begin a “major ramp-up” in supply of the powertrain-sharing e-Niro and new Soul EV. The former saw its entire UK allocation sell out within weeks, with more than 3000 people on the waiting list. 

The Kona Electric topped our sister publication What Car?’s ‘Real Range’ test, with the 64kWh variant achieving the longest driving range of any electric model tested. Hyundai claims an official range of 278 miles. 

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30 January 2020

Apart from human fights issues, in Their country they get things done quickly, no sucking through Teeth making excuses.

30 January 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Apart from human fights issues..

Not sure if troling, or...

Let's hope, for your sake, you're troling.

31 January 2020
No I’m not ,just saying that in Korea it doesn’t take long to get things done, whereas here it does.

31 January 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

No I’m not ,just saying that in Korea it doesn’t take long to get things done, whereas here it does.

Not sure how that is relevant in this context. They've opened a new plant in Czech and increase production at home. Its a comment more relevant to China and Telsa's gigafactory.
But its about time they increased production of this successful EV, waiting a year or more was ridiculous, there must have been some internal political reasons not to increase production in favour of their ICE models - or maybe they are noticing Tesla and few others ramping up

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