Hyundai has unveiled the all-new and all-electric Kona.
Korean carmaker Hyundai is hitting the alternative fuel cars in a big way in recent years. First, the IONIQ brings Hyundai its first non-gasoline car, having a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric powertrain. Then the NEXO arrives with its hydrogen fuel cells and best-in-class range. Now Hyundai continues to bring excellent cars that don’t heat the Earth with the all-electric Kona.
On the outside, it looks like a Kona but for the smooth grille with only the barest hint of Hyundai’s cascading waterfall design. But on the inside, the Kona is a completely different animal as this baby only sips beautiful, clean electrons.
The Kona Electric will come in two varieties: basic and long range. The basic model comes equipped with a 39.2 kWh battery pack and a 133 hp electric motor, providing a potential range of up to 186 miles (or 300 km). Zero to sixty is a stately 9.3 seconds and a top speed of 104 mph won't be winning any races except against broken down Jeeps and Smart Cars.
The long-range model will have a 64 kWh battery pack and a far more regal 201 hp electric motor. But it's the range figures that are most impressive as Hyundai just barely misses the 300-mile barrier at 292 miles. Zero to sixty is a more impressive 7.6 seconds but again the top speed is limited to 104 mph.
Charging to 80 percent times for the basic model is just 54 minutes using DC fast charging, and six hours 10 minutes with AC. For the long-range model, it’s the same time using DC and up to nine hours and 40 minutes with AC.
The Kona Electric also comes with a new regenerative braking system which the driver can adjust using paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The system charges the battery whenever you brake and allows you to adjust your braking power—something that you don’t normally get to do.
For the center dash you get a seven-inch LCD display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, and Hyundai also brings a host of SmartSense safety features, such as “Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision Warning including Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Intelligent Speed Limit Warning and Lane Following Assist.”
Pricing info has not yet been released but we can expect to find that info shortly. As for when you can order one, Hyundai also hasn’t given a firm date, but probably later this year.