New Kona Electric has more power and longer range
Hyundai has treated its Kona to an update. The new generation did not only get an external makeover – it also has more power and an extended range.
The standard version now comes with a 114.6 kW powertrain, versus 100 kW from the previous version. The latter featured a battery with a capacity of 39.2 kWh – the new version starts at 48.4 kWh. The “Long Range” Kona model has a 160 kW powertrain and 65.4 kWh battery. The maximum driving range is estimated at 490 kilometres, according to WLTP.
The first models with select exterior colours will go into mass-production in November 2023.
The new generation can even charge faster, says Hyundai. According to the carmaker, the EV can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent at the fast charger in 41 minutes, shaving off about six minutes of charging time compared to the previous generation.
The electric SUV is equipped with Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) technology. It has standard outlets on the interior and exterior, allowing devices to be plugged in on the inside when the EV is powered on. To use the exterior outlets when the car is parked, a V2L adapter is needed. The carmaker notes that V2L’s max power output varies by market.
And Hyundai offers some features designed with colder markets in mind. For example, battery preconditioning ensures secure charging and range performance in winter. And a “frozen charge door prevention system.” The latter allows users to open the charge door even in a minis 30-degree environment, says Hyundai.
The Korean manufacturer first presented the new design in December. It is clearly inspired by some elements from the Staria van and Ioniq. Moreover, Hyundai initially focused on the purely electric version and, starting from this, subsequently designed the hybrid and combustion engine versions and the sporty N-Line, which are visually somewhat different from the all-electric version. Compared to the current generation, the new Kona grows by 150 mm in length, 25 mm in width and 60 mm in wheelbase.