UK: Hyundai releases prices and specifications for Kona Electric
Hyundai has released range pricing and specifications for the new Kona Electric in the UK. The EV there starts at 34,995 pounds – and could make it further on one charge than previously communicated.
First the prices: The Kona Electric is available in four versions – Advance, N Line, N Line S, and Ultimate. The first is available with a 48kWh and 65kWh battery option. The Advance variant with the smaller battery sells for 34,995 pounds, while the 65-kWh version starts at 38,595 pounds. The N Line S and the Ultimate, fitted with a 65 kWh battery, start at 43,095 pounds in the UK.
The standard range 48.4kWh powertrain option provides 156PS and 255Nm, while the 65.4 kWh powertrain offers 218PS and 255Nm. Previously, the maximum driving range was estimated at 490 kilometres (according to WLTP). The carmaker now writes that the EV can make up to 319 miles on one charge – the equivalent of 513 kilometres. However, that is according to its own data. The manufacturer is still awaiting WLTP homologation.
“The original KONA Electric set an immediate benchmark for the EV sector with a combination of industry leading efficiency, keen pricing and high equipment levels all housed in a stylish SUV body”, says Ashley Andrew, President of Hyundai Motor UK.
The new Kona Electric also has faster charging options. While the previous version could charge with 75 kW DC maximum, the update has a fast charging capability of 102.3 kW. And in general, everything seems bigger and better after the update. And so there is also significantly more space in the boot. The Kona Electric now has a luggage capacity of 466 litres, while the previous model offered only 332 litres.
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.