Hyundai have released details of the new all-electric Hyundai Kona, and it looks to be a real contender for EV enthusiasts looking for a SUV. Kick-starting their advertising campaign by calling out one of their biggest competitors, Tesla.
With a choice between 39.5 kWh & 64 kWh batteries, the Kona will be a great choice for those doing short mileage and those doing long-distance. Both options have a 7.2 kW on-board charger and are capable of DC fast charging up to 100 kW. The short range battery pack offers a range of 300 km on a single charge, with 395 Nm of torque & a top speed of 167 km/h. Whilst the long range battery offers the same top speed, it has a longer range of approximately 470 km. Boasting an impressive 0-100km in 7.6 seconds, the larger battery pack is sure to make the Kona an enjoyable drive. However, it should be noted that the above ranges are not based on real-life driving, but instead based on WLTP regulations which are said to be more reliable than NEDC standards.
The only downside to EV's being built with larger batteries is the significantly longer charging times. For example, the Kona will take approximately 9.5 hours to recharge fully from empty (using a 32A 7.2 kW home charger). In the future with larger & larger batteries being developed, there may be a need for higher amperage in the domestic dwelling to allow for the installation of more powerful chargers.
Boasting an impressive array of technology, the Kona will also appeal to tech-heads. With Head-Up display showing your speed, navigation commands & warnings right into your line of sight, you should never get lost again! Most impressively (especially for all those iPhone users who find their phone dying on 50%!), the Kona offers a Wireless phone charger located in the centre console which lets you easily charge a compatible Qi enabled smartphone without the use of cables. Between wireless charging & the KRELL high end audio systems, you will be able to blast the tunes on those road-trips without fear!
Available in a variety of colours & contrasting roof colours, the Kona looks every bit the sleek & stylish SUV that everyone
expected it to be. With stylish LED twin headlights, 17" alloy wheels & a storage capacity of 332L VDA, the Kona will inspire a twinge of jealousy in even the nicest of your friends! But it's not all tech and style, it also has seriously impressive safety features. Hyundai's smart-sense safety & driving assistance system includes; Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, Blind spot collision warning, Driver Attention warning & Intelligent Speed Limit warning. In addition to this, the Kona also possesses the intelligent Autonomous Emergency Braking system with pedestrian recognition. If a pedestrian walks in front of your car, it will brake automatically (making driving through Dublin city after Ireland win the Grand Slam a piece of cake!).