Huge Battery and Lengthy Vary Featured
The compact crossover section is pink scorching proper now, so why hasn’t there been an all-electric mannequin but? For those who’ve been asking that query, your wait is sort of over. The Hyundai Kona, launched as a gasoline automobile for 2018, will get an enormous battery and class-leading vary when it arrives in early 2019.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is the automobile to beat right here, and the Kona EV does it, with a 258-mile EPA vary—20 greater than the Bolt, due to its 64-kWh lithium-ion battery (four greater than the Bolt’s 60 and weighing about the identical at practically 1,000 kilos). The battery pack vitality density is 141 Wh/kg, which is larger than the Bolt’s.
The Kona EV’s electrical motor places out 201 horsepower (hp, 150 kW) and 291 pound-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque (vs. 200 hp/266 lb.-ft. for the Bolt respectively).
The EPA’s MPGe estimates are a formidable 132 metropolis mpg/108 freeway/120 mixed (vs. 128 metropolis/110 freeway/119 mixed for the Bolt). Hyundai made certain that in each method they’re at the least barely forward of the Bolt, sufficient for bragging rights.
The Kona EV affords customary Degree three DC quick charging, whereas it’s an choice within the Bolt and Nissan Leaf. It may well obtain an 80 % cost in 54 minutes at 100 kW charging station. Degree 2 charging takes 9 hours-35 minutes, basically equal to the Bolt. The Kona EV’s charger is constructed into the nostril, just like the Leaf, whereas the Bolt’s is on the left entrance fender.
The Kona itself appears very similar to different compact crossovers in the marketplace, however in each gasoline and EV kinds does some attention-grabbing issues with the bumpers and decrease physique cladding. Within the EV, the pointless grill is eradicated, as in a Tesla, and a debossed floor retains it from trying too plain.
The automobile’s inside delivers the upright, crossover expertise people anticipate, and the floating middle display they require. Per week spent within the gasoline model a couple of months in the past confirms that Hyundai continues to get interiors proper today. We are able to anticipate that with an all-electric powertrain, it’ll be good and quiet inside this EV.
Room to Haul
The Kona EV’s rear cargo holds the identical 19.2 cubic ft of cargo because the gasoline mannequin, for the reason that battery is mounted beneath the floorboard (as within the Bolt). The Bolt’s cargo space holds 16.9 cubic ft.
Automobiles just like the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, and Chevrolet Bolt are basically tall hatchbacks, that are environment friendly, however don’t learn as CUVs. The Kona has the cred, with simply the correct proportions to seize the joy of this rising section.
The MSRP isn’t introduced but, but when they value it proper, the brand new 2019 Hyundai Kona EV ought to take pleasure in exclusivity for some time, and put extra EVs in garages. Distribution will begin in California and transfer on to ZEV-focused states within the hottest EV areas in the usWest and Northeast areas.
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