The Hyundai Kona Electric combines two fastest growing automotive trends - electrification and SUV style.
The Hyundai Kona Electric combines two fastest growing automotive trends - electrification and SUV style. Contributed

Hyundai reveals electric Kona with 470km range

COULD this be the game-changer the electric car industry needs? Hyundai has revealed its electric-powered Kona compact SUV - with a range of up to 470km from one charge.

While that figure is the European test cycle, expect real-world driving to deliver about 300-350km. The BMW's i3 achieves about 200km and starts from $68,700 plus on-roads.

The Tesla S 75D starts from $130,699 plus on-roads and has a claimed range of 466km, while the Model X 75D SUV has a price-tag of $140,202 and a range of 565km. Tesla's most affordable variant, the Model 3, is expected to cost about $50,000 but has been plagued by production delays and quality issues.

Full pricing details are yet to be revealed, although Hyundai is hopeful of something in the mid to high $40,000 realm.

Arriving in Australia late this year the Hyundai Kona Electric features two powertrains.

The long-range battery version provides driving range of up to 470km, delivering a maximum output of 150kW. With a battery capacity of 39.2 kWh, the basic version drives up to 300km on a single charge with the motor delivering 99kW.

Charging time for the smaller capacity battery is 6hr 10min using a standard household plug, or 54 minutes to 80% using a 100kW quick charger. The larger battery takes 9hr 40min at home on a basic plug, and also 54 minutes to 80% on a 100kW fast charger.

Hyundai expects to offer a home fast charge facility which could be installed that would more than halve charging times.

 

The Hyundai Kona Electric combines two fastest growing automotive trends - electrification and SUV style.
The Hyundai Kona Electric combines two fastest growing automotive trends - electrification and SUV style. Contributed

Typical of electric power, its no slouch under acceleration. Both possess 395Nm of torque which can haul the Kona from standstill to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds. That's less than a second slower than the just released range-topping BMW i3s.

Riding on a completely new platform, it is armed with a Display Audio system, which is available with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity.

Boot space is a reasonable 332 litres with the charging cable on board. That grows to 373 without.

Safety features will include cruise control - smart adaptive speed control with stop and go function, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning system with lane keep assist, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention warning and speed limit information function.

 

The Hyundai Kona Electric combines two fastest growing automotive trends - electrification and SUV style.
The Hyundai Kona Electric combines two fastest growing automotive trends - electrification and SUV style. Contributed

Part of the appeal will be the Kona looks like a standard vehicle, rather than shouting its electric credentials.

Exterior colours include white, tangerine, blue, red, yellow and grey.

 

The Hyundai Kona Electric combines two fastest growing automotive trends - electrification and SUV style.
The Hyundai Kona Electric combines two fastest growing automotive trends - electrification and SUV style. Contributed

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