The Hyundai Kona Electric and Hyundai IONIQ 5 are generating a lot of buzz in the electric vehicle world as of late due to the cars’ impressive performance and accessible price point. Unfortunately, the limited availability of the vehicles is making it difficult for would-be drivers to get behind the wheel. Not only are these electric cars in short supply, but they’re currently being sold in a select number of states.
What can you do if you’re determined to buy a Hyundai IONIQ or Kona EV but your home state doesn’t sell them? We’ve done the research to bring you the answers. Read on to learn why some electric vehicles aren’t available nationwide, which states you can buy them in and how to order one if it isn’t sold in your state.
Why is the Hyundai Kona Electric only sold in certain states?
Several factors play into why you might not be able to buy the car of your choice in your state. The first reason starts with automakers being influenced by state emissions standards. Certain states uphold emission laws that are based on regulations created by California’s Air Resources board. The states following these emissions regulations require a percentage of a car manufacturer’s sales in that state to be low- or zero-emission vehicles. It’s common practice for auto manufacturers to focus sales of their EVs in those states. With an already limited inventory of many EVs, manufacturers will send more electric cars to those states in order to meet the requirement, even if it means not having enough EVs to sell in other states.
The other major factor that influences EV availability across the country is a simple one: demand. Demand for electric and hybrid vehicles is higher in more densely populated areas and areas with more infrastructure support in the form of charging stations. States with lower populations and fewer charging stations see lower demand for EVs. These states typically don’t receive as much inventory, if any.
What states sell the Hyundai Kona Electric?
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
What states sell the Hyundai IONIQ 5?
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
Buying a Kona Electric directly from the manufacturer
Now that you know why the problem exists, here’s the solution: order your car directly from Hyundai themselves. If you’re familiar with Tesla’s direct-to-consumer model, or how Ford sells the new F-150 Lightning, then you’ll be familiar with how the buying process works. You’ll need to place your order with Hyundai online and have your car delivered to the nearest dealership that is able to receive the vehicle.
Because the availability of the car is based on your state, the dealership you end up selecting could be a far distance from your home. Fortunately, there are professional auto transporters that can safely and efficiently ship electric vehicles cross-country.
How to order a Hyundai Kona Electric or IONIQ 5 from the manufacturer
Ordering directly from the manufacturer could be your only choice if you have your heart set on a vehicle that’s not sold in your state. Fortunately, the process is becoming easier, more common and could even save you some money compared to buying from a dealership.
Here are the steps you’ll take when you buy from the Hyundai manufacturer:
- Place your order online for the car that you want
- Select a dealership where your car will be delivered
- Complete the paperwork for your purchase with the dealership
- Wait for your car to be built and delivered
- Pick up your car from the dealership, or have it delivered to your home or office!
To learn more, read our guide on ordering a car from the manufacturer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different models of the Hyundai Kona Electric?
There are four trims of the 2023 Hyundai Kona electric: N, SE, SEL and Limited.
How much does the Hyundai Kona Electric cost?
The base-level Kona Electric SE starts at $33,550. As you move up to the high-end Limited edition, prices start at $41,550.
What is the range of the Hyundai Kona Electric?
The Hyundai Kona EV can drive up to 258 miles based on a fully charged battery and 120 combined MPGe.
Does the Hyundai Kona Electric have AWD?
All-wheel drive is a standard feature on the traditional Hyundai Kona, but it is offered as an additional option in the Kona Electric.
Is the Hyundai Kona a hybrid vehicle?
The Hyundai Kona is available as a standard gas-powered car, a hybrid vehicle and a fully electric vehicle.
Make sure your vehicle arrives safely
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