I will soon be one of the very few Hyundai Kona EV owners this month in New Zealand (and even in the world) and, as I can afford the price (similar to that of a top-end European fossil-burning car), I can't wait to go electric.
I have wanted to go electric for many years now (I've previously owned a Honda Hybrid which was a great and fun car, but there was nowhere to go afterwards other than back to full fossil afterwards...in NZ anyway).
The Kona Electric is an EV that finally has the range I have always wanted, the practicality I need (SUV/hatchback), and I reckon Hyundai will make it work supremely well as they seem to be aiming to conquer the world.
I cancelled my 18 month old position in the Tesla Model 3 queue (along with the NZ$1500 deposit) once I saw the Kona's capabilities (the Kia Niro EV was also a factor in cancelling). The Tesla Model 3 was increasingly working out to be a minimum NZ$86,000 (including GST) purchase as a base model without Auto-Pilot or tinted glass (to stop being sunburnt in NZ's intense sun).
To add on extras like a colour other than black would have priced the Model 3 way out of my budget...plus Tesla has not yet made the smaller battery than I would have been happy with (they are only making bigger battery models right now...there is no choice).
So, I am thrilled to be one of the first Kona EV owners in NZ and reckon it might well be a game changer for EVs world-wide.
We'll see, though, eh?