Buyers looking to get their hands on the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric might have a difficult time finding one, since a global battery shortage has made it difficult for Hyundai to keep up with demand. Hyundai’s Canadian division has apparently sent out memo acknowledging the shortage of batteries for the Ioniq.
In the memo, titled “18My Ioniq EV Short-Term Production Shortage,” Hyundai announces that it’s closed orders for the 2018 Ioniq Electric and will now start taking orders for the 2019 Ioniq Electric, which will start arriving in July.
“Due to a temporary global battery supply shortage, the sold order entry system for 18MY Ioniq EV will be closed effective immediately. The 19MY Ioniq EV will be opened at the same time to allow for pre-sale of 19My Ioniq EV, with deliveries beginning in July.”
Buyers that have been waiting for the delivery of their 2018 Ioniq Electric will be given the option to get the 2019 Ioniq Electric instead under the same program terms as the 2018 model.
Although Hyundai Motor America hasn’t announced the shortage in California, Ioniq Electric buyers are likely facing the same issue. Green Car Reports reached out to Hyundai’s PR department, which not only confirmed the battery issues with the Ioniq Electric, but also hinted that the battery shortage could also affect production of the new Kona Electric SUV.