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Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric with 300 mile range

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric

The Hyundai Kona Electric – the first fully-electric subcompact SUV on the European market – will have two different powertrain versions, with a range of up to 300 miles. This is likely to be a game changer.

The All-New Kona Electric features two different powertrain versions. The long-range battery version provides a driving range of up to 292 miles, delivering a maximum output of 204 PS (150 kW) – along with 395 Nm of immediate torque and acceleration of 7.6 seconds from 0 – 62mph. With a battery capacity of 39.2 kWh, the basic version has a range of up to 186 miles and 0-62 mph acceleration time of 9.3 seconds. Hyundai says that these range figures are based on internal targets under WLTP regulations, so they should be more realistic than NEDC figures.

A special feature of the Kona Electric is the shift-by-wire operation gear control. There’s also an adjustable regenerative braking system, which allows the driver to adjust the intensity of the regenerative braking by using the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel. The system recuperates additional energy when possible. Drivers also benefit from the large seven-inch supervision cluster, which displays key information about the car’s driving performance and, in addition, the head-up display shows relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight.

Hyundai has used a lithium-ion polymer battery pack for the All-New Kona Electric instead of conventional nickel-metal hydrid batteries. This provides lower memory sensitivity and excellent charge and discharge efficiency, along with outstanding maximum output.

The shift-by-wire gear control system enables operation of the car simply by pressing buttons to switch driving modes. It also eliminates the space required for housing the mechanical linkages between a normal shifter and the transmission, providing additional storage space in the front of the car.

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).

No prices have been announced yet.

Read our Hyundai Kona 1.0 T-GDi review coming very soon!