Hyundai Confirms Upcoming 240-Mile Kona EV

Hyundai Kona


While it’s not clear if the EV will come to the U.S., the Kona will feature several electrified options in the future.

“Clean mobility is a core strategy of the Hyundai Motor Company in the future.” That’s the message from Hyundai’s top executives, speaking to members of the media at the unveiling of the B-segment Kona SUV in Seoul, South Korea. What that means for Kona is that, in addition to the gas models unveiled today, the small crossover will get an EV variant in 2018.

The big news with the EV will be its range: “Up to 390 kilometers – over 390 kilometers,” one executive told Motor1. That puts it right around 240 miles, but we assume that’s an optimistic NEDC figure. Hopefully, the Kona EV comes to the U.S. – that final detail is unclear as of right now.

Hyundai Kona

“We will continue to focus on EVs and hybrids,” Hyundai executives assure us. And to that end, Hyundai says to expect hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Kona – as well as many of its other future vehicles – in the coming years.

Hyundai also says a mass-produced fuel cell vehicle will arrive in 2018, though details are slim. It could be based on the Kona, or it could be something else altogether.

Still, electrification is the safe bet for now. And as Hyundai looks to its future model expansion plans, vice chairman Chung Eui-sun says “we believe that EVs will take a large portion of these green cars.”

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103″ est wheelbase w/ 164″ overall length.
Very close to BoltEV


Yes but the Hyundai Kona EV will be available in both RHD and LHD models.
Unlike the Bolt.


It does indeed look close in dimensions to the Bolt but with a longer hood and less squared off rear end. This makes me think interior passenger and cargo room will trail the Bolt. I am still hoping for a Rav4 / CRV sized BEV.


” a longer hood”

Maybe a frunk?


You mean the RAV4EV that was produced 2012 to 2014. 60 used models currently online min. CarMax will transfer to anywhere for fee.


Good luck buying a used RAV4 EV when it’s over 36 months/3 years from in service date. No chance at getting a decent warranty and those things are $$$ to fix!

Dr. Miguelito Loveless

Excellent chance of getting a warranty. Carvana offered to sell me one, as did Toyota. One was 3/36K for $1800, the other was 4/48K for $2000. Bumper-to-bumper, zero deductible.

Dr. Miguelito Loveless

Oh, and motor/battery pack warranty is 8 yrs/100K

Dr. Miguelito Loveless

Transfered one to NC, then they refused to complete the sale saying they could only be be sold in Cali. Got one from Carvana instead.


Just to add the article states that the Kona is expected to have hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions as well. That will severely limit the packaging of the vehicle compared to the Bolt EV. So on the inside it will likely be much smaller.

Reminds of what the new LEAF might be like


WAAAAY better looking than Bolt or Leaf! My lord those are ugly cars and I drove a Prius then a Volt and now a Ioniq hybrid (82mpg on my trip through the Florida Keys!!) But my Tesla Model3 is “on order”. The Volt died, literally died, junked it, battery pack sensors went nuts, said it would be $7,000 repair, 2012, 125K miles. Hate Chevy now! never again! Very impressed with Hyundai. Everyone I know who has one raves about it and most left Toyota. I would get this Kona if Model 3 comes in too high priced or has other issues.


There hasn’t been a single Volt produced which isn’t still under warranty on the pack. The warranty is 8 years. Yet you say you were asked to spend $7K to repair a pack that is under warranty?


Yes they claim it was the sensors not the battery pack. The sensors (inside the battery pack) were telling the car that it was -40 degrees out and said plug in car now batteries too cold. But that fault wouldn’t let the car run – it had to be towed to Chevy. They claim not under warranty. See now why I hate GM! BUt I’m actually furious about it since they could not fix a problem for 2 years when the fault code said “limited propulsion available” which would make the gas engine rev wildly for 10 minutes. GM told me to drive in Mountain mode 100% of the time. But the -40 fault only occurred when in mountain mode. See what I’m saying I should have sued them for screwing me over and not fixing the original code fault 2 years ago while it was still under full warranty. argh!


There was one battery replaced here in Finland under the warranty, exact same fault. I would ask again…


You are a liar or a fool. You bought an Audi and didn’t even notice!


Just a note the Volt battery pack warranty is 8 years 100,000 miles (outside of California). There are a number of Volt’s out there with more than 100,000 miles on them.


Good point. The poster was out of warranty regardless of whether the sensors should be covered by the pack warranty.


But seriously. Hyundai/Kia is straight up knocking it out of the park. Their hire of Audi’s former design guy has made enormous difference in the overall look of the vehicles and more specifically the quality and ergonomics and look of the interiors. I rented a Kia van in March and you’d swear I sat down in my (former) Audi. All the controls exactly correctly positioned and of the best quality. Too bad Audi could never get the electric thingies to actually stay working.

Personally I am waiting for the PHEV Kia Niro. Same basic vehicle as the Ioniq but I much prefer the wagon/hatch body and also I live on a gravel road so need some ground clearance in winter snow. And waiting for the PHEV version will add traction in snow because of the added weight. My brother’s Volt is great in snow.

David Murray

But will they produce enough to meet demand? I mean, if the Ioniq BEV is any indication…

Chris O

Not sure why a Korean company would use the European test cycle but if so this car will likely get a 170 mile EPA rating which would put it well below the 200 miles of base range the market is quickly coming to expect.

Still it should be the only offering of its kind if released in 2018, as such still very attractive.


I would like to think there is a place for sub 200 mile EVs. I can certainly live with a 300km real world range. That’s a round trip to the airport and back.

For all the other longer trips I’m satisfied with DCFC. Hyundai seems to understand the EV thought and supports relatively fast charging with less taper. Even the Ioniq does 70kW upto 70%, so the newer 48kWh might be able to do 100kW upto 70% before tapering off. That would be awesome.

Regarding charging speed the Bolt/Ampera-e seems to lack quite a bit. 40kW upto 60% before starting to taper off isn’t very good. Even my 2010 i-MiEV does 36kW upto 60% with a 16kWh battery.

Not that the Bolt/Ampera-e is alone in that though, the VW e-Golf is also lackluster.


The charge rate is over 40kW before taper, even on a 125A charger. If the word from a GM engineer is correct it’s over 50kW before taper if you can find a higher current charger.

And the taper is somewhere past 61%. I know because I monitored my car on my last trip and it was still going full bore at 61% SoC. I did unplug it immediately after (I didn’t need any more charge) so it could be 62% where it tapers though.

It’s not automatic that the an Ioniq with a higher density pack would charge faster. Higher density packs often charge slower.

While charging at 70kW at 70% is nice, it’s mitigated by the fact that on the Ioniq 70% is only 20kWh.

Chris O

The reason Ioniq just gobbles up electrons is the lithium polymer battery chemistry. Looks like those LG Chem packs need to be treated with more care if Bolt’s disappointing charging stats are any indication.

I agree that higher charge rates to a certain extend make up for range, but Hyundai must take care to stay competitive when the likes of Model Y arrive.


That is the main test cycle used and the same as the chinese use.

So you have the worlds two largest markets using that one.


I wouldn’t at all be surprised to hear it had a pack identical in composition (but not necessarily configuration) to the Bolt EV. I doubt Chevy has more than a year of exclusivity on that LG pack technology.


GM owns the chemistry. LG just produces the batteries/pack.


Correct. GM not only owns the chemistry. But also the full battery pack design. LG Chem will be producing these batteries under an NDA with GM (like any other Tier 1 supplier in the industry).


In what form?

What keeps LG from making almost (but not quite) the same chemistry again for another customer?

They developed it last time, didn’t they? Or do you think GM developed it in-house?

I’m sure GM owns the pack configuration but that hardly matters. Any other car is not going to want to use exactly the same pack configuration anyway.

And I assure you that despite what you think about tier 1 suppliers a big battery company like LG is not going to sign a deal with GM that means they have to sit by the side while other companies move in to supply all the other makes which are now looking to build EVs.

Any deal struck will strike a balance between GM getting what they want and LG not being blocked out of a growing business though restrictions.


yeah, I’m sure LG Chem has multiple attractive battery chemistries to offer potential customers depending on their goals.

I’d be surprised if they cannot match the performance whatever GM had them brew up, which was designed a couple years ago.


> Hyundai also says a mass-produced fuel cell vehicle will arrive in 2018

They call their other FCEVs mass produced as well, so that doesn’t actually mean anything. Making hundreds over a decade doesn’t really count!

Maybe it’s just a spelling error in the press release, and they meant to say something more sensible like a mad-produced FCEV..?


The best thing about the Kona is definitely the name. In Norwegian it’s the determined form of “wife”, in other words “the wife” in English. Cue endless puns like how much you love to ride in the wife, asking others if they’d like to test drive the wife and related primitive man-humour.

At least it’s not a rude word like Honda Fitta. That’s also a noun in determined form. It refers to a certain female organ, and it’s not a clinical variant either. The closest English equivalent is sufficiently inappropriate that it’s earned the honour of being referenced simply by the first letter – it’s the c-word!

Unfortunately Honda realised this and called the car Jazz over here. Oh well, you can’t have everything.


Well they didn’t realise it before sending out promotion pamplets to car dealers with slogans like “Honda Fitta, small on the outside but large on the inside” and “Honda Fitta, for your daily pleasure”.

It is almost too good to be true. 😛


Screw the Kona, bring us the Niro EV!


Latest rumors suggest 60 kwh battery + one Hyundai official states it Will have the same or better EV range as the Bolt.

That means 230+ miles…

If this vehicle is as efficient as the Ioniq and features a 60 kwh battery pack then that is possible to achieve.


The Ionic has such good efficiency because it has a pretty anemic motor. I’m kind of surprised the Bolt doesn’t have an efficiency mode that just remaps the accelerator.


So, we just have to confirm:
-The range, which could be 152 miles if NEDC=390Km
-If its coming to the US


Why a huge grille on a BEV ?

Also, the chopped off rear window add to the poor aerodynamics i.e. a vacuum created at the back, the rear wiper is a dead giveaway.

Why don’t these companies get the drastic aerodynamic effects of the box-shaped rear … the best aerodynamics are an airplane wing/fuselage or … a fish !!!


They stole that from the iPace.


Because if you read the article you will see that they are also planning Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Kona.


Just like to point out the optimal energy efficiency shape of a house is a perfect sphere….not so practical though.


Are they going to Make Hawaiian Coffee now too?

M3 - Reserved Niro- TBD

So the Kona is SMALLER than the Niro? If so, why can’t Niro fit a larger battery to get above 125Mi? Kind of perplexing on that.

Stephen Hodges

The styling is horribly fussy. Makes their present crop look sleek and stylish.


And putting rear turn signals on the bumper shows how little they care.


Never to be sold on the East Coast.