Hyundai Kona Electric Revealed
Following on from its Ioniq which Practical Motoring will be driving locally next month, the Kona Electric has a range of more than 400km.
BOASTING 150KW and an impressive 395Nm of torque (delivered instantly), the Hyundai Kona Electric might just be the car that helps turn people onto electric cars. The world loves SUVs, so it’s a smart move for Hyundai to release one and the Kona ain’t a bad starting point, either.
There are two versions of the Kona Electric, a short- and long-range variant, the former boasts 99kW and 395Nm while the long-range unit offers the full 150kW and 395Nm of torque. It’s this long-range version that offers a driving range of more than 400km; the short-range version will cover more than 200km on a single charge. And if numbers are your thing, it’ll get to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds but it will likely feel much quicker than that.
The Kona Electric is a little bigger than the regular Kona. It’s 15mm longer, the same width (1800mm) and is 20mm taller; the wheelbase is the same 2600mm. Hyundai claims the batteries are fitted into the platform meaning interior space is more or less unchanged from the standard Kona, so there’s a 373-litre boot although this is reduced when the charging cable is stowed in the back. It’ll take less than an hour to charge to 80% capacity via a fast charger or less than 10 hours from a conventional wall socket.
The Kona Electric features a raft of active safety features that have just been announced for the new Santa Fe. Pricing and final specs haven’t been released yet, and we’d expect we won’t get to know too much more even when it’s revealed next week at the Geneva Motor Show. But, stay tuned.