Hyundai’s smallest electric SUV has broken its all-time monthly sales record, thanks to improving supply and strong demand – reportedly aided by high petrol prices.
The Hyundai Kona Electric small SUV has posted its best sales month since it went on sale in Australia three years ago, amid rapid growth in the popularity of electric cars (albeit from a low base).
The tally of 133 Kona Electrics recorded as sold in March 2022 eclipses the previous record set this January – and (just) more than doubles the best sales month for Hyundai’s small electric SUV last year (66 cars in May 2021).
While the 133 Electric variants only account for around 10 per cent of total Hyundai Kona sales last month, they contribute to 304 Kona Electrics reported as sold so far in 2022 – 60 per cent of the 505 sales recorded in 2021, in a quarter of the time.
The 304 reported as sold this year represents an increase of 442 per cent over the first three months of 2021 – though these months were affected by supply constraints, ahead of the arrival of a facelifted model in April. 150 cars were sold in the last three months of 2021.
Hyundai says the record Kona Electric sales result is a combination of improving supply and high demand – said to be fuelled by high petrol prices, according to a company spokesperson.
“We expect to see a further uplift in EV enquiry in the coming weeks based on the reports we’re getting from dealers, who are saying EVs are talked about more often than ever on the showroom floor,” a Hyundai Australia representative told Drive.
A total of 6752 electric cars have been reported as sold so far in 2022, according to the Federal Chambers of Automotive Industries (FCAI) – a figure which includes market leader Tesla for the first time, which reported data to the FCAI’s VFACTS report for the first time last month.
Excluding Tesla gives 2335 electric vehicles reported as sold this year, an increase of 141 per cent over the same period in 2021 (also excluding Tesla sales).
Compounding record sales in 2021, the Tesla Model 3 continues to dominate the electric vehicle sales charts, with 4417 cars reported as sold so far this year – ahead of the second-placed Mercedes-Benz EQA (318 sales), and in third, the Hyundai Kona Electric (304).
Hyundai’s other electric cars, the Ioniq Electric hatchback and dedicated Ioniq 5 medium SUV, sit in fourth and eighth place respectively, with 206 and 133 sales.
Hyundai Kona Electric sales
|2019 (model launched around March)||500|
|2022 (Jan to March)||304|
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.