Hyundai plug-in car sales jump nearly 14% in April 2021 as Ioniq 5 e-SUV reaches significant volume
South Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company has witnessed a considerable improvement in sales of its plug-in electric cars as the all-new Ioniq 5 electric compact crossover SUV reached a significant volume. During the month of April, the South Korean manufacturer sold a total of 7,561 plug-in cars, which represents an increase of 13.8 per cent from the corresponding month of a year ago. The figure of the plug-in car sales also represents 4.9 per cent of the brand’s overall sales volume for the month under review.
Sales of the Kona Electric car slipped to nearly half in April, which paved way for the new Ioniq 5 electric compact crossover SUV to become the top-selling model. As per figures released by the manufacturer, the Ioniq 5 electric SUV sold a total of 3,205 units during last month; and it was just the beginning as most industry experts are of the view that this all-electric SUV will continue to attract large number of buyers in the coming years.
However, it is quite interesting to note here that out of the 3,205 units sold, only 114 were sold in the company’s home market of South Korea. It means, most of the units from the first batch of the electric SUV were sold in European markets. It may be noted here that the electric SUV was launched in the domestic and European market at the same time. Sales of other electric models were also not bad, but other models could not contribute much to the brand’s overall sales last month.
While the Hyundai Ioniq 5 sold 3,205 units last month; the Kona Electric, the IONIQ Electric, the IONIQ Plug-In, and the Santa Fe PHEV sold 2,256 units, 761 units, 793 units, and 546 units, respectively.
When it comes to year to date (YTD) sales, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 sold 3,219 units, the Kona Electric sold 10,668 units, the IONIQ Electric sold 761 units, the IONIQ Plug-In sold 3,138 units, and the Santa Fe PHEV sold 546 units. The Hyundai Tucson PHEV failed to sell even a single unit in April. When it comes to YTD sales, it could sell just 3 units.
By powertrain type, BEV, PHEV, and FCV sales jumped 4 per cent, 98 per cent, and 51 per cent year-on-year to settle at 6,222 units, 1,339 units, and 1,384 units, respectively, in April 2021.