Earlier this year, the Hyundai Kona Electric was named ‘Best Green Fleet Car’ at the Fleet World Awards at Novotel London West. The impressive all-electric crossover showed judges its true worth by offering ‘real-world usability’ and a ‘fun driving experience’.
This award comes as no surprise really as the Korean automaker’s all-electric crossover has already made a name for itself winning other awards as well. Last year it was named Auto Express ‘Affordable Electric Car of the Year’ and ‘Car of the Year’ by Next Green Car. The Hyundai Kona Electric is the latest electrified model from the carmaker joining the Ioniq in their already impressive line-up.
Hyundai Kona Electric: The Next Generation Hybrid
The Hyundai Kona Electric is the world’s first car available with three separate electric powertrains; hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric. The company plans to introduce a total of 18 new electrified models to their range by 2025.
Hyundai continues to develop its cutting-edge Fuel Cell technology as they plan to release their latest generation Fuel Cell powertrain in the Hyundai Nexo. The South Korean brand wants to secure production capacity of 500,000 Fuel Cell vehicle units per year by 2030.
Michael Stewart, Fleet Director at Hyundai Motor UK says “At Hyundai, we have very purposely developed a range of electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models that will meet the needs of the fleet market – Kona Electric chief among them – so this latest award from the experts at Fleet World couldn’t be more relevant. Packed full of standard equipment, sold with the peace-of-mind of Hyundai’s five-year unlimited mileage warranty and with lower running costs than combustion-engined competitors, Kona Electric is absolutely ideal for company car customers.”
Martyn Collins, Fleet World Editor, also stated that the Hyundai Kona Electric feels like a tipping point for pure electric vehicles. Considering that the bigger 64 kWh version offers up to 279 miles of zero emissions range on a full charge and that many electric vehicles have been compromised on some level in the past, the Hyundai Kona Electric looks smart plus it’s also easy and fun to drive.
Hyundai is now in the position to fully capitalise on new company car tax rules beginning in April 2020. This will see the amount of Benefit-in-Kind tax paid on the retail value of an electric car fall from 16% to just 2%. With the new legislation, tax payable on a range-topping Kona Electric 64KWh Premium SE for standard rate taxpayers will drop from £1,235 to only £154 (2019/2020). For higher rate taxpayers that figure would drop from £2,470 to £309 (2019/2020).
While electric cars are making headlines across the world, it could be some time before they become mainstream in South Africa. Until then, join us on Facebook and follow our blog as we continue to bring you all the latest developments in motoring from around the globe.