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Re: Hyundai Kona Electric

Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:07 am

@jjeff Thunderbay, Ontario isn't too far from you and they have Hyundai dealerships too :lol:
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Re: Hyundai Kona Electric

Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:45 pm

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.

*viewtopic.php?f=10&t=24027&start=90#p538961

GetOffYourGas asked me in October if I'd ever gotten a response from Kia, and I hadn't, but this will do nicely :D 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).
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Re: Hyundai Kona Electric

Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:58 pm

alozzy wrote:@jjeff Thunderbay, Ontario isn't too far from you and they have Hyundai dealerships too :lol:
Yes we drove through TB ON at least twice/year. On our way to Rossport ON and back home a week later :)
Everytime we drive through TB I'm surprised by how many Mitsubishi and even Smart cars we see, NEVER seen a Prius though, very few Toyota's in general, they are VERY common in MN and especially in the MSP area.
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Re: Hyundai Kona Electric

Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:19 pm

Finally an acknowledgement from Hyundai on my Canadian Kona electric pre-order ($1000 deposit July 23/18- no response or info since...until now)
"We would like to thank you for your pre-order of the 2019 Kona electric. We truly appreciate your patience as your vehicle is being built.
As a token of our appreciation, please accept this $100 gift card for you and your family to enjoy over the holiday season.
Thank you for your continued loyalty. Have a happy holiday season!" :)
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Re: Hyundai Kona Electric

Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:17 am

Sounds like the Kona Electric will be available in California this month:

http://www.thedrive.com/new-cars/25689/ ... ot-a-tesla

Lucky Californians!
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Re: Hyundai Kona Electric

Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:06 pm

alozzy wrote:Sounds like the Kona Electric will be available in California this month:

http://www.thedrive.com/new-cars/25689/ ... ot-a-tesla

Lucky Californians!
Will be interesting to see the sales/lease figures and to see if it's basically So Cal only virtual vaporware that ships in tiny quantities (e.g. averaging under 50 units/month) or if they're actually serious.

For comparison, per https://insideevs.com/monthly-plug-in-sales-scorecard/, a whopping 345 Ioniq EVs were sold in the US for 2018. For 2018, the worst month was 3 and the highest I see was 60.

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Re: Hyundai Kona Electric

Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:57 pm

cwerdna wrote: Will be interesting to see the sales/lease figures and to see if it's basically So Cal only virtual vaporware that ships in tiny quantities (e.g. averaging under 50 units/month) or if they're actually serious.
Indeed, it does sometimes feel like EVs will never reach critical mass. Hopefully Hyundai doesn't make just a token effort and shows some real commitment to making the Kona Electric a success.
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Re: Hyundai Kona Electric

Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:02 pm

alozzy wrote:
cwerdna wrote: Will be interesting to see the sales/lease figures and to see if it's basically So Cal only virtual vaporware that ships in tiny quantities (e.g. averaging under 50 units/month) or if they're actually serious.
Indeed, it does sometimes feel like EVs will never reach critical mass. Hopefully Hyundai doesn't make just a token effort and shows some real commitment to making the Kona Electric a success.
It will be a long time before EVs reach critical mass in the US, if ever. Right now, in the US, the Model 3 is literally decimating everyone else in sales in the BEV space.

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Re: Hyundai Kona Electric

Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:24 am

It will be a long time before EVs reach critical mass in the US, if ever. Right now, in the US, the Model 3 is literally decimating everyone else in sales in the BEV space.
I'm not sure it matters that much how many different make vehicles reach that critical mass, as long as they are EVs.
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Re: Hyundai Kona Electric

Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:49 pm

GCR:
2019 Hyundai Kona–and Kona Electric–named North American Utility Vehicle of the Year
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/11 ... f-the-year
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