Hyundai’s Kona Electric compact SUV launched in US Market
South Korean automaker Hyundai introduced its Kona Electric crossover at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday. The all-electric compact SUV (or CUV) was previously unveiled by Hyundai in Europe in February 2018.
While launching the Kona Electric CUV in the US, Hyundai shared some important details about the availability of the vehicle across the North American market. Hyundai said that the new electric vehicle will be available in the US market in the October-December quarter of 2018. However, the price of the vehicle has not yet been officially confirmed by the automaker.
According to Hyundai, the US availability of Kona Electric will initially be focused on the ZEV states. The vehicle will first be made available for purchase in California, followed by “the ZEV-focused states in the western and northeastern regions” of the US.
The launch of Hyundai Kona Electric in the US was also accompanied by a disclosure by the company that estimated range of the new electric vehicle will be ‘250 miles’ on a single charge. The mentioned range of the Kona Electric is a fairly good EPA-rated range for a compact SUV.
About the new Kona Electric crossover, Mike O’Brien -- Hyundai Motor America’s VP of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning -- at the vehicle’s US launch event that the new all-electric crossover from Hyundai is “a stylish and efficient compact CUV” which will definitely “set new standards for the electric-propelled compact CUV segment.”
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has recently confirmed that a new Autopilot interface will be released by the automaker as part of the upcoming Version 9 of the over-the-air software update which is scheduled for a rollout this summer.
French automobile manufacturer PSA Group has revealed in a recent announcement that the company is advancing its electrification efforts by setting up a new Low Emission Vehicles Business Unit.
German automaker BMW has revealed in a recent announcement that it will be producing its electric Mini in a new factory in China. The electric Mini will likely be launched in 2019.
The new Nissan Leaf electric vehicle (EV) is apparently on its way to set an all-time sales record in Norway this month!
On Thursday, French automaker Renault announced that it has earmarked an amount of more than 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) for investment in its home country, with the objective of accelerating the production of electric vehicles (EVs).
According to an official press release, Siemens and Volkswagen Group’s Swedish subsidiary Scania have received the go-ahead for a research project in Germany.