There've been whispers about an uncertain future for the Yonhap News Agency first reported Hyundai will discontinue the Kona Electric locally as recalls for continue. The company will instead focus on the as its flagship EV for now., and on Wednesday we learned it's going away in the automaker's home country of Korea. The country's
Cases of battery fires and subsequent recalls quickly turned the Kona Electric from a bestseller to a slow seller. The company registered a 40% sales drop in the first quarter of 2021 compared to last year as recalls dampened the model's popularity. The Roadshow it has no plans to discontinue the Kona Electric in the US at this time., too, though a Hyundai spokesperson told
Hyundai recently revealed abut an identical powertrain, set to go on sale soon in both Europe and the US. Korea, however, will have to deal with whatever models remain at dealership lots. Production of the car for the domestic market ended in March and Hyundai will instead focus on the Ioniq sub-brand's forthcoming EVs.