Discover the All-New Hyundai KONA Electric

All-New Hyundai KONA Electric

There are a few things that worry people about electric vehicles (EVs), such as the range they can drive before needing recharging, the amount of money they cost to buy, and sometime, the way they look. Could it be that Hyundai has done enough to overcome these potential objections with its new KONA Electric? Let's take a closer look at this exciting new electric SUV to see if an electric car can now be considered a genuine alternative to a combustion engine model.

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Styling

The Hyundai KONA Electric looks an awful lot like the standard KONA, which is obviously a good thing if you like the way the standard model looks. There are a few differences, most notably the front fascia that's blanked off as there's no need for a conventional grille on a model without an engine that needs cooling. The top section of this area is where the charging port can be found, and there are some differences to the lighting arrangement such as a lack of cladding surrounding the lights we see on the regular KONA. But to the casual observer there's nothing that shouts "EV" when presented with the all-electric version of the Hyundai crossover, and for the majority of buyers that will be a good thing. This is basically a modern, stylish and funky compact crossover; just one that has an electric motor and battery instead of an engine.

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Powerplant

Instead of a combustion engine there's a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) driving the KONA Electric, which gets its juice from a 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The motor is good for 150kW or 204 PS, and there's a very capable 395 Nm or 291 lb.-ft. of torque on tap. The top speed is a relatively modest 104 mph, but who needs faster speeds than that, especially when faster speeds if you could achieve them would drain the battery far too quickly? But the 0-62 mph time of just 7.6 seconds is going to be more than adequate for most buyers, and probably faster than many would expect.

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Range and charging

How far an EV can go on a single charge of its battery and how long it then takes to recharge is what will determine the success or otherwise of almost any electric vehicle. Although the range of 482 km might sound a little low at first to many non-converts to electric driving, it's going to be far more than the daily needs of the vast majority of motorists. There's a good deal of flexibility when it comes to recharging the battery, and the longest time is inevitably from a home supply that will take an estimated 9 hours 35 minutes. A public 50kW CCS should be able to recharge to 80 percent of a full charge in as little as 75 minutes, but the most powerful charging system currently available could get a full recharge down to as little as 54 minutes.

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How it drives

With only one gear and almost instant delivery of the available power, the experience of driving a vehicle like the KONA Electric is unlike any Hyundai cars you'll have experienced so far. It's zippy and agile in traffic and the handling is balanced and reassuring. There's even a sport setting to enjoy if you feel the need, but the way this little beauty performs in its normal mode is more than enjoyable enough for most. And if you’re prepared to forgo a little fun and responsiveness to eek the maximum possible range out the KONA's battery, there's the obligatory Eco+ mode to select.

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To discover more about the pricing and availability of the all-new Hyundai KONA electric and to get in the queue for a test drive to experience it for yourself, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Kearys Motor Group.

All-New 2019 Hyundai KONA Electric