NOSOVICE, Czech Republic -- Hyundai has equipped the second-generation Kona with bigger batteries and made it more spacious in a bid to maintain its place as one of Europe' top-selling electric small SUVs.
The Korean automaker also has invested €103.7 million euros ($111 million) at its factory here to switch over to making the new generation of the strong-selling electric small SUV, which is being launched in Europe this month. Hyundai expects to assemble 21,000 electric Konas in Nosovice by year-end, with a target of 50,000 in 2024.
The EV variant accounted for 40 percent of overall European sales of the current Kona, which is also offered as a hybrid. Hyundai expects the battery-powered version of the second-generation Kona to account for 60 percent of the model family's sales in the region, Hyundai Europe CEO Michael Cole said.