Hyundai Kona Electric SUV unveiled with 470 km range in one charge

Hyundai Kona Electric

The Kona Electric will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland next week.

The new Hyundai Kona Electric will be available with two different powertrain configurations: the basic model will be powered by a 135PS electric motor that's fed by a 39.2kWh battery pack, giving it an estimated driving range of up to 186 miles (300km) on the latest WLTP cycle.

Both variants can be fast-charged with a 100-kW charger, which will juice up the big pack to 80 percent in only 50 minutes.

"Taking the already able Kona, Hyundai has raised the ride height a tad, added a smooth grille, fitted a new centre console for the EV controls, thrown in a decent infotainment system (up to 8") and HUD to deliver a proper little electric urban warrior.

Hyundai is upping its EV game with the all-new Kona Electric. While it is not sure if the South Korean auto manufacturer will launch this vehicle in Indian market in near future, the Nexon FCEV could be an interesting product here if launched. They also state in the video that by 2020, 60% of their vehicles will be available in eco versions.

It will also have a more powerful 150 kW motor, which will enable the same top speed, but it will accelerate quicker: 7,6-sec 0 to 100 km/h vs 9.3-sec for the base battery pack and motor.

Hyundai has revealed the Kona Electric crossover, which is the Korean company's second electric vehicle (EV) after the Ionic Electric.

According to Hyundai's data, both are also compatible with 100kW charging units - twice the speed of today's rapid chargers.

The regenerative braking system (which charges the batteries by collecting energy produced during braking) can be adjusted using paddles behind the steering wheel to suit the driver's tastes.

Boot space is a reasonable 332 litres with the charging cable on board.

Hyundai has confirmed the Kona Electric for the Europe and South Korea market later this year, but it would not exactly reveal plans for a USA launch. The vehicle is also created to be more aerodynamic than the petrol and diesel powered versions.

Keep the conversation going in our InsideEVs Forum covering electric cars and green technology. Its active-safety and driver-assist features include forward-collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, blindspot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision warning, lane-keeping assist, lane-following assist, driver-attention warning and speed-limit warning.

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