The Hyundai Kona Electric is an all-electric version of the recently introduced Kona crossover. Debuting at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show alongside the redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe, it will be available in two versions. Versions with ranges of 186 miles or 292 miles per charge, according to Hyundai.
Making long-range electric cars
The Chevrolet Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3 have shown that automakers are serious about making long-range electric cars available to the mass market. The next vehicle to join the Bolt EV and Model 3 in that noble mission just might be this odd-looking Hyundai. The long-range version compares nicely to the 238-mile Bolt EV and 310-mile Model 3. Hyundai’s measurements were made on the European testing cycle. We’ll need numbers from the tougher U.S. EPA cycle for a real comparison.
The short(long)range Kona Electric
The short-range version of the Kona Electric has a 39.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Konas electric motor produces 132 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai says this version will do 0 to 100 kph (0 to 62 mph) in 9.3 seconds, and reach a top speed of 104 mph. The long-range version has a 64.0-kWh battery pack, and makes 201 hp (torque is unchanged). That extra power allows the long-range Kona Electric to do 0 to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds, while the top speed remains unchanged.
Hyundai Kona Electric – charging
Hyundai will offer DC fast charging, which can recharge either battery pack to 80-percent capacity in 54 minutes, assuming you can find a station. The car doesn’t have wireless charge. Other tech features include a head-up display, navigation with 3D maps, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. Charging port is hidden in the grille, next to the Hyundai logo and Qi wireless inductive charging pad for phones is located in the center console.
The Kona Electric has a smoother front fascia with less contrasting body cladding. . On the inside, Hyundai replaced the shift lever with a cluster of buttons. The Hyundai Kona Electric is already confirmed for the European market, but Hyundai would not specifically discuss plans for a U.S. launch.