Hyundai will present another limited offer of its popular and award-winning Ioniq 5 electric SUV next week, in what is expected to be another event that has quickly sold out to consumers hungry for electric vehicles.
Hyundai The latest show hit around 100 Ioniq 5s in late March It sold out in minutes, frustrating over 16,000 potential customers who registered their interest.
Offers have also been limited to customers who live in major cities, and also to the frustration of those in regional areas. A spokesperson said this latest offering – made up of only 65 Ioniq 5s – will not be available to buyers in Brisbane, Northern Territory and Perth, due to “stock restrictions”.
So far, only 429 Hyundai Ionique 5s have been sold, despite great interest in them.
Australian consumers have also been frustrated by the limited offerings of the Kia EV6 and other electric vehicles. Even Tesla warns against waiting up to 12 months for its Model 3.
Most car companies send electric vehicles to other markets, a legacy of the Australian government’s slow embrace of electric cars and the lack of any carrots or sticks, such as vehicle and fuel emissions standards.
The Ioniq 5’s order page — which starts around $72,000 for the RWD version — is set to open at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.
The latest rendering comes as news surfaces that one of its predecessors, the Hyundai Ioniq electric hatch – which is largely based around the current Elantra – has been discontinued.
The Ioniq slot was one of the first electric cars offered in Australia, and it remains one of the few electric vehicles priced under $50,000. It had a limited range of about 220 kilometers and was also connected to hybrid and lightweight versions.
It looks like Hyundai made this announcement, at least “globally” a few months ago, but not specifically in Australia and the news just came out. It has sold 1,187 models in Australia, according to data from The Driven.
Hyundai appears to have decided that the Hyundai Kona electric SUV, which is also a current model that has been adapted to hybrid and electric versions, was more suitable for the requirements of the Australian market.