Hyundai Kona Electric sold out for 2019
The Hyundai Kona Electric has sold out in the UK for 2019, with new buyers being forced to join a waiting list for deliveries in 2020.
It follows last month’s news that the Kia e-Niro – DrivingElectric’s 2019 Car of the Year – had fulfilled almost all of its 900-strong UK allocation for the year.
Lead times for the Kona Electric had already stretched to 10 months, with demand for electric cars in general rising rapidly.
Buyers now face the choice of waiting patiently for the Kona Electric, or looking elsewhere for an affordable alternative with suitable range.
The Renault ZOE delivers 186 miles of range – well shy of the Kona Electric’s 279 miles in 64kWh trim – with lead times of around 12 weeks; a new version is in the pipeline. The Volkswagen e-Golf has a real-world range of around 130 miles, with lead times of 18 weeks.
Elsewhere, Nissan recently announced a longer-range version of the Leaf. However, it too is subject to high demand, with over 60% of the 5,000 units being built for Europe sold a month after launch.
By the time the Hyundai Kona Electric has returned to the UK market, buyers will have the Peugeot e-208, SEAT el-Born, Volkswagen I.D. hatchback, a production version of the Honda e Prototype and several other models to consider.
While the Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro have set the benchmark for affordability until now, it’s entirely possible that they’ll be undercut by rival offerings in 12 months’ time.