Hyundai Unveils Kona EV


Hyundai has unveiled the new Kona Electric, a subcompact crossover. The battery-electric version of the new Kona has the same design as its conventional counterpart with the exception of a closed grille and a few aerodynamic enhancements.

The Kona Electric features two different powertrain versions. The long-range battery version with a 64 kWh pack provides driving range of up to 470 kilometers (292 miles, WLTP), with energy consumption of 15.2 kWh/100 km. The electric motor delivers an output of 150 kW, accelerating the Kona Electric to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds.

With a battery capacity of 39.2 kWh, the basic version drives delivers up to 300 km (186 miles) (WLTP) on a single charge with the motor delivering 99 kW and an energy consumption as low as 14.8 kWh/100 km.

Both powertrain versions deliver 395 N·m of immediate torque, offering the driver of Kona Electric great fun-to-drive, having the full power available from the first second, and supporting a maximum speed of 167 km/h (104 mph).

Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80% only takes about 54 minutes using a 100 kW direct current (DC) fast charger. With the 7.2 kW on-board-charger, charging with alternating current (AC) takes 9 hours 40 minutes for the long-range battery pack and 6 hours 10 minutes for the shorter-range battery pack. Drivers also have the option of charging their car at a compatible regular household power socket using the ICCB-cable (in-cable control box). The charging port is located in the vehicle’s front next to the Hyundai logo.