Hyundai is forging ahead with its push into the EV arena, following a fully-electrified Ioniq lineup and electric bus with an emission-free version of last year’s Kona compact SUV. The Kona Electric wears a slightly different face to its fossil fuel-powered forefather, along with a cabin that has been reimagined in line with its electric powertrain. At first glance the Kona Electric appears much the same as the original, but look a little closer and you’ll spot a closed grille, which you could say gives it a neater look, and Hyundai says gives it better aerodynamics.
Behind that grille the Kona Electric comes in two powertrain options. The long-range version has a max power output of 204 PS (150 kW) and affords up to 470 km (292 mi) of driving on each charge thanks to a 64-kWh battery pack. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds. Meanwhile, the base model offers up to 300 km (186 mi) on each charge with a 39.2-kWh battery and max output of 135 PS (99 kW). It goes from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.3 seconds. Read full story