Electric vehicles are rapidly gaining popularity in the automobile industry, and the Hyundai Kona Electric is a prime example of the industry's direction. Unveiled in March 2023, the second generation of the Hyundai Kona is the first designed to accommodate an electric motor. The Kona Electric adopts a futuristic design, marked by pixelated style light strips. It is 4.36 meters long, 1.83 meters wide, and 1.58 meters high.
One of the standout features of the Kona Electric is its battery options. The Hyundai Kona Electric can be configured with 48.4 and 65.4 kWh batteries, with the former offering an electric range of 342 kilometers and the latter designed for long distances with a range of 490 kilometers. According to the WLTP certification cycle, Hyundai specifies that fast charging is possible with a maximum power of 350 kW in direct current (DC) in order to go from 10 to 80% charge in 41 minutes.
The Hyundai Kona Electric features a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a power output of nearly 156 horsepower (160 kW) for 255 Nm of torque in the standard version. This engine can also be associated with a 48.4 kWh battery, offering a range of 342 kilometers. Hyundai also offers a motor with around 218 horsepower (160 kW) for 255 Nm of torque, associated with a long-distance battery of 65.4 kWh. This offers a range of 490 kilometers, making it perfect for long-distance travel.
Inside, the 2023 Hyundai Kona Electric features a panoramic display comprising two 12.3-inch screens, an autonomous driving and braking system, and a trunk with a loading volume varying between 466 and 1,300 liters. The interior of the Kona Electric features a floating horizontal dashboard and a 12-inch head-up display that projects critical driver information onto the windshield. The electric gear selector takes the form of a switch located behind the steering wheel.
It is important to note that the Kona Electric has the same driving aids as the hybrid model but has the exclusivity of autonomous emergency braking as well as level 2 autonomous driving. This new Hyundai Kona Electric has a “more spacious” and modular interior designed around the electric motor.
While the price and release date of the 2023 Hyundai Kona electric SUV is not specified at the time of writing, it is expected that the price of this new generation could exceed €40,000 according to estimates. With its impressive range, modern design, and advanced technology, the Hyundai Kona Electric is a prime example of the future of electric vehicles. @via Hyundai.