Home / Auto / Hyundai Kona EV Beats Tesla to the Compact Electric Crossover Punch

Hyundai Kona EV Beats Tesla to the Compact Electric Crossover Punch


The Model S wasn’t the world’s first electric car, nor was it even the first Tesla, but thanks to its long range and practical design, the 2012 Model S did something revolutionary. It convinced the public that EVs can be real cars. Since then, Tesla has added the Model X and the Model 3 to its lineup, but it still doesn’t sell a compact crossover, one of the hottest segments in the auto industry right now. Perhaps sensing an opportunity, today Hyundai announced plans to sell an all-electric version of its Kona crossover.

But while most automakers have announced plans to begin selling EVs sometime between 2020 and 2025, the Kona Electric will go on sale this summer. At the moment, it’s only confirmed for Europe, but with the gas-powered Kona hitting U.S. dealers soon, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the electric version soon follow. Unfortunately, while the Hyundai USA spokesperson we reached out to said they hoped to have more information soon, they couldn’t tell us much more than that.