More importantly from my perspective re winter and heat pumps, the article also states:
According to Kia, the North American version of the 2019 Niro EV will come standard with a heat pump to more efficiently assist with cabin heating and the dedicated battery heater will be an optional feature. In the 2020 Soul EV, both the heat pump and battery heater are listed as optional features.
As I'm more interested in those two vehicles than the Kona, this is great news for me. I sent Kia an email back in October asking for this*. Whether or not it had any effect on their decision I don't know, but maybe if enough people who are interested in the Kona email Hyundai asking for it (maybe saying they'll opt for some other BEV instead for that reason) they'll realize they're making a mistake, and offer both at least as options.
GetOffYourGas asked me in October if I'd ever gotten a response from Kia, and I hadn't, but this will do nicely
Now we just need them to add AWD, as there's already room (in the Niro at least) for a compact spare, which was also on my wish list (don't think the well can hold a full-size, but I'll take what I can get).