In a significant step towards achieving its ambitious zero-emission goals, Hyundai has officially commenced production of the all-new Kona electric at its Czech Republic production facility. This move comes as a testament to Hyundai’s commitment to sustainability and marks a pivotal moment in the company’s electrification journey. With a production target of over 20,000 units within the first year alone, the all-new Kona EV is poised to make a substantial impact on the electric vehicle (EV) market.
A Paradigm Shift in Hyundai’s Strategy
Hyundai has embarked on a transformative journey to lead the automotive industry towards a greener future. The commencement of the all-new Kona EV’s production aligns perfectly with Hyundai’s strategy to exclusively sell zero-emission vehicles in Europe by 2035. The second-generation Kona lineup is being spearheaded by its electric variant, in accordance with the company’s ambitious electrification roadmap that aims to introduce eleven new EVs into the market by 2030.
Crafted for European Roads
With the introduction of the first-generation Kona electric in 2020, Hyundai made its foray into producing electric vehicles within Europe. This strategic decision, which saw the diversification of supply sources from the Ulsan plant in South Korea to the Czech Republic facility, led to shorter delivery times for European customers. The all-new second-generation Kona follows this proven strategy, reinforcing Hyundai’s commitment to providing efficient and accessible electric mobility solutions to the European market.
Powering up in the Czech Republic
Hyundai’s Czech Republic production facility is now poised to play a pivotal role in the company’s electrification endeavors. The all-new Kona EV is anticipated to contribute 15 percent of the plant’s total production by the end of 2023. This impressive contribution owes itself to the expanded reach of the Kona EV, which is set to be distributed to an additional 20 countries, in addition to the existing 22 European markets.
In the current year, the production target stands at an impressive 21,000 units. Looking ahead, Hyundai aims to manufacture a further 50,000 units next year, a testament to the company’s unwavering commitment to scaling up its electric vehicle production.
One noteworthy aspect of this production strategy is the introduction of a right-hand drive format for the UK, Ireland, and Cyprus markets. This is indicative of Hyundai’s dedication to tailoring their products to the unique preferences and needs of different markets.
Charting New Territories: A Green Vision Expands
The all-new Kona EV isn’t just confined to existing markets; it’s breaking new ground by venturing into previously unexplored territories. Destinations like Turkey, Israel, Reunion, and Guadalupe are set to experience the benefits of sustainable electric mobility, as the Kona EV makes its presence felt in these regions.
The Czech-based production plant will continue to offer two distinct versions of the Kona EV, each equipped with varying battery capacities. The higher-end variant features a 65.4-kWh battery pack coupled with a robust 160kW electric motor. This configuration grants the vehicle an impressive WLTP-claimed range of 514 kilometers, which significantly reduces range anxiety for drivers. On the other hand, the base version boasts a 48.4-kWh battery pack and a 114.6kW electric motor, ensuring a commendable WLTP range of 377 kilometers.
Conclusion: Pioneering the Path to Electrification
Hyundai’s decision to initiate production of the all-new Kona EV at its Czech Republic facility marks a pivotal moment not just for the company, but for the entire automotive industry. By aligning with their ambitious zero-emission goals, Hyundai is showcasing their dedication to sustainability, innovation, and accessible electric mobility. The Kona EV’s widespread availability, diverse battery options, and strategic market expansion are clear indicators of Hyundai’s commitment to steering the industry towards a greener, more sustainable future. As the all-new Kona EV hits the streets of Europe and beyond, it is a reminder that the journey towards electrification is not only possible but well underway.