Hyundai Kona Electric is 292-mile range, 7.6 sec 0-62mph time

Hyundai’s second EV, the Kona Electric, gets a 292-mile WLTP range from a single charge at the top, 64kWh specific.

The small SUV, the first EV in the segment, has two battery options with a lower option that provides 186 miles of range from 39.2 kWh battery pack. Both variants have a 104mph top speed and 291 lb ft of torque, as the Alfa Romeo Giulia Fast. Will be revealed in the metal at this year’s Geneva motor show.

The short range version, which has a 131bhp engine sprints to 62mph in 9.3 sec, while for the long haul, 198bhp variant takes 7.6 sec, or the same as the Toyota GT86. The efficiency of both engines is to be confirmed, but Hyundai is targeting to 15.2 kWh / 62 miles under the new WLTP testing regime. The charger port is located next to the Hyundai front license plate of the car.

Hyundai claims that the car’s battery pack is integrated in the Kona platform without encroaching on interior space, which means that the regular Kona luggage space is unchanged. Without the charging cable, the Kona Electric provides 373 litres, down to 332 with the cable stowed. There is additional storage space in the front of the car.

The Kona Electric lithium battery can be recharged in 54min to 80% capacity from 100kW fast charger, in the long range, or to 9hr 40min by a normal AC power source. The same fast-charge time applies to short-range drive, but the standard AC charging time drops to 6hr 10min.

On the outside, is of similar style to adjust to Kona, but he closed grid and do not download, while the 17in alloys are exclusive to the electric Kona. The bumper and spoiler is optimized for aerodynamics.

Inside, there is a digital dashboard, a head-up display and 7.0 infotainment touchscreen, with the possibility of a 8.0 update in the unit, which brings premium navigation and a data subscription for a year. The front seats are heated and ventilated, as well as eight-way electrically adjustable, with lumbar support for the driver. A heated steering wheel is optional.

The Kona Electric is something to do with technology, the flagship of the small SUV range, with numerous driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control, lane centering system, rear cross-traffic alert and automatic emergency braking. A five-star Euro NCAP safety rating is targeted.

Hyundai is a little off, revealing the prices of a Kona Electric, given that you do not arrive in the UK until at least December, but is likely to carry quite a premium for the regular Kona.

In order to be competitive with the Nissan Leaf – its nearest competitor, a price of around £26,000 for the long-haul version is required – a prize of 10,000 pounds course, entry-level Kona, but only £1000 above the current range topper, the 1.6 T GDi Blue Drive Premium GT, equipped with four-wheel drive and automatic transmission.

Hyundai’s first EV, the Ioniq, Electric, constitutes about 5% of the sales model, even if with a longer range, even in the short-range specification, is likely to sell more quickly, and divisively in the style of the Ioniq.

Hyundai plans of 16 electrified cars of its range by 2025. The Kona Electric, has recently revealed Nexo, which replaces the ix35 Fuel Cell at Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell efforts, and the Niro EV, due in the autumn, in three crucial tips in attack, as Hyundai aims to take the command in low-and zero-emissions driving.

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