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Hyundai has announced it has “significantly” increased the production of its Kona Electric SUV in response to long waiting times.

Currently, a waiting list of around 12 months exists for the model, which is also offered in hybrid form, and the company said it will reduce waiting times by starting to make the vehicle in the Czech Republic while also increasing supply from South Korea.

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Hyundai’s sister company, Kia, has experienced similar problems with supply outstripping demand for its e-Niro model, while Tesla initially had a backlog of orders for its Model 3 saloon last year.

The Kona Electric has an official range of 278 miles and is powered by a 150kW (204hp) electric motor, while the hybrid is powered by a 105hp 1.6-litre petrol which is supplemented by an electric motor, which delivers 32kW (43.5hp).

Ashley Andrew, managing director of Hyundai Motor UK, said: “The Hyundai Kona Electric has achieved outstanding success in the UK since its introduction, with demand for the model quickly outstripping supply. We have listened to our customers and are significantly ramping-up availability in order to cut delivery times, a move that we hope will encourage more people to consider a fully electric car.