The 2021 Kona Electric from Hyundai Motor Company Australia has gotten a whole lot cheaper, with a new simplified model variant shedding $6000 off its price tag in a bid to entice more prospective buyers into electric vehicles (EVs).
Buyers will notice reduced range and powertrain in the Standard Range Elite option (priced at $54,500 before on-road costs), with the original Kona model now badged as Extended Range setting drivers back $60,500 before on-road costs.
Sharing all the technology, safety and convenience features, of its Extended Range siblings, the new 100kW / 39.2kWh Standard Range entry powertrain provides a 305km range claim on Europe’s WLTP test cycle, alongside a 9.9 second 0-100km/h time. The Extend Range variant provides 480km range on a single charge.
Included in both Elite versions are 6 airbags, dual 10.25-inch displays, 17-inch alloy wheels, wireless phone charging, keyless entry, automatic (halogen) headlights, leather seats, rear parking sensors, an eight-speaker sound system, and a wide variety of advanced driver-assistance systems to improve safety.
Alongside the two Elite powertrains, Hyundai has also confirmed both Standard and Extended range options are available for its higher-spec Highlander variant which provides additional safety and comfort features.
“The new Kona Electric Standard Range gives customers zero-emissions electric motoring in an attractive, sporty and practical small SUV, and at more accessible price.” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Jun Heo said.
“It is Hyundai’s intention to establish leadership for eco cars in Australia. We already have the most diverse range of electrified vehicles including Kona Electric, NEXO our hydrogen-powered SUV and the soon to launch game changing IONIQ 5.”
Hyundai’s Kona Electric pricing compares to $49,970 before on-road costs for Hyundai’s Ioniq Electric, Nissan’s Leaf $49,990 (before ORCs) and MG’s ZS EV at $44,990 drive-away.
It could be a good time for New South Wales and Victorian fleets to consider purchasing an EV with both governments offering $3,000 rebates on Electric vehicles prices lower than $68,750.
The NSW offer begins on 1 September for the first 25,000 new battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles while Victoria’s offer is limited to 4,000 registrations currently, with an additional 16,000 spots to be made available at a yet-to-be-determined time.
The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Standard Range is on sale now.
- Kona Electric Standard Range Elite – $54,500
- Kona Electric Standard Range Highlander – $58,000
- Kona Electric Extended Range Elite – $60,500
- Kona Electric Extended Range Highlander – $64,000