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Published on November 5th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair


Hyundai Kona Electric Open For Booking In Malaysia, Launching Before End Of November 2021

The Hyundai Kona Electric will be launched before the end of the month.

As predicted in this week’s article, the Hyundai Kona Electric will be launched in Malaysia. Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has just issued a press release confirming the vehicle’s launch in Malaysia before the end of November 2021. It will be the first all-electric vehicle from the Hyundai brand to be launched in Malaysia and is already open for booking online.

In terms of variants, only 2 are anticipated for Malaysia – the long range 64 kWh version with an estimated range of 484km and the short range 39.2 kWh version with just 305km of range.

With the announced tax exemptions on electric vehicles, this fully-imported car is anticipated to be priced from under RM150,000.

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The Kona Electric is powered by an electric motor with 204PS and 395Nm of torque enabling 0-100km/h in a respectable 7.9 seconds. Charging using (rare-in-Malaysia) DC Fast Chargers from 10% to 80% takes 47 minutes. However, 11kW AC charging will be available as well for overnight regular charging.

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Here’s the press release with more.

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Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has confirmed the launch of the Kona Electric in November, the first all-electric vehicle under the Hyundai brand to make its debut in Malaysia.

The new Kona Electric will be available in two different zero-emissions battery electric powertrains: a long-range version powered by a 64 kWh battery with a maximum range of 484km and a 39.2 kWh battery basic version with a driving range of 305km, Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test (WLTP) with a single charge.

Pricing is estimated to start under RM150,000 for the basic model with import and excise duty exemptions. This follows the Budget 2022 announcement last Friday on the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in Malaysia.

“With the newly announced import and excise duty exemptions, we envisage greater interest in EVs in Malaysia. The arrival of the Kona Electric is timely as it will provide more choice for consumers who want a more sustainable and greener ride option to help reduce carbon footprint ,” said Mr Low Yuan Lung, Managing Director of HSDM.

Both the Kona Electric 64 kWh and 39.2 kWh battery variants (electricity consumption: 15.4 kWh/100; CO 2 emissions: 0 g/km according to WLTP) feature an electric motor which delivers a maximum power of 204 PS (150 kW) and 395 Nm of immediate torque, accelerating the Kona Electric to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds – in ensuring that it is fun-to-drive with full power available from the first second.

“The Kona Electric offers outstanding electric performance in terms of battery range and top speed. It also features fast charging which makes it perfect for long distance drives,” added Mr Low.

Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery from 10 to 80 per cent only takes about 47 minutes using a 100kW direct current (DC) fast charger. The Kona Electric features an optional 11-kW three-phase on-board charger. This allows for significantly shorter charging times using public three-phase AC charging stations or with a private compatible wall box at home. Drivers also have the option of charging their car at a compatible regular household power socket using the ICCB-cable (in-cable control box).

It is now even more recognisable with new bold exterior design updates. Among them are new bumpers, lamps, wheel design and colours which gives the Kona Electric a more sophisticated character. The signature claddings have been refined and now in body colour, thus emphasising the model’s width and stance. Low, U-shaped skid plate and new DRL design also improve the styling of the Kona.

The interior features a progressive design with a new horizontal layout and new ambient lighting technology in the foot area. Ambient lighting illuminates the passenger and driver side footwell, emphasising the lifestyle character of the vehicle.

The Kona Electric is now open for booking via Hyundai’s online shopping platform, Cl!ck to Buy ( More information can be obtained from Hyundai’s Customer Careline at 1-300-13-2000, its official website: or Facebook page:

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