Hyundai Kona Electric – 250 Mile Range, 64-kWh Battery For U.S.

MAR 28 2018 BY JEFF PEREZ 88

No word on how much it will cost in the U.S. yet, though.

Alongside the standard gas-powered Kona, Hyundai will offer a fully electric version of the compact crossover to buyers in the U.S. beginning later in the year. Making its North American debut at the New York Auto, the Kona EV may not look much different from the standard model – apart from some minor visual updates like new wheels and a closed-off front- grille – but underneath the bodywork there’s a surprising amount of electric range available.

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Hyundai’s first compact electric crossover returns a respectable 250 miles (402 kilometers) of range on the U.S. scale thanks to a 64-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. That’s a 12-mile improvement over the Chevrolet Bolt EV (238 miles), a 30-mile improvement over the standard (but not yet available) Tesla Model 3 (220 miles), and a significant 99-mile improvement over the new Nissan Leaf (151 miles). Total power output is listed at 201 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and 291 pound-feet (394 Newton-meters) of torque, with DC fast charging standard.

That figure is mostly in line with the European version of the Kona EV. Depending on the trim level, the non-U.S. Kona is good for either 300 kilometers (186 miles) of range on the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) with the 39.2-kWh battery pack, or 470 kilometers (292 miles) with the larger 64-kWh battery. American buyers won’t be able to choose between two versions of the electric Kona, but do get the more efficient (and more powerful) of the two.

The Hyundai Kona EV will be available to buyers in the U.S. beginning in the fourth quarter of 2018, with initial availability in California exclusively. Other ZEV-focused states out west and in the northeast will see the small EV shortly thereafter. Hyundai isn’t listing a price just yet, but considering the base Kona starts at $19,500, we expect the electric version to be somewhere in the mid to upper $20,000 area.

“Our new Kona Electric crossover is a stylish and efficient compact CUV, tailored to the needs of customers who pursue eco-focused active lifestyles requiring generous range,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America.

“We’re confident it will set new standards for the electric-propelled compact CUV segment, with outstanding range flexibility, appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class-leading available safety features.”

Of course, like its gas-powered counterpart, the Kona EV will still feature all the same comfort an amenities you’d expect on a vehicle of its size. In the cabin, a fully digital seven-inch instrument cluster is available, as are eight-way power adjustable seats with heating and ventilation functions. Without the charging cable, the trunk in the European Kona EV can can hold up to 13.17 cubic feet (373 liters) of storage, while with the charging cable, that number decreases to 11.17 cubic feet (332 liters).

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Press blast below:

Hyundai today unveiled the U.S.-market version of its convention-breaking Kona Electric crossover at the New York Auto Show. Kona Electric rides on an all-new CUV platform and is Hyundai’s first compact electric crossover for the U.S. market, appealing to consumers with active, eco-focused lifestyles of all kinds. Kona Electric’s exterior styling features voluminous, aggressive body styling complemented by a low and wide stance for great looks and confident handling in a variety of urban and adventure-oriented driving environments. It joins Hyundai’s successful new Kona, Tucson and Santa Fe in a full line-up of Hyundai crossovers for the U.S. market. 2019 Kona Electric models will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and available in the fourth quarter of 2018, with initial availability in California and subsequently in the ZEV-focused states in the western and northeastern regions of the U.S. market.

“Our new Kona Electric crossover is a stylish and efficient compact CUV, tailored to the needs of customers who pursue eco-focused active lifestyles requiring generous range,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “We’re confident it will set new standards for the electric-propelled compact CUV segment, with outstanding range flexibility, appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class-leading available safety features.”

Kona Electric offers a powerful, efficient electric drivetrain and a stylish, roomy interior. A whole host of advanced safety features are also available including Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Parking Distance Warning and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection.


Kona Electric employs refined aesthetics with organic geometric body forms and sporty contours for a modern, eco-oriented appearance. Its distinctive design is reinforced by the car’s voluminous, futuristic body styling that emphasizes its well-proportioned, dynamic silhouette. A low and wide stance complements its profile, with a long wheelbase and short overhangs, ensuring sporty, nimble handling and control, in addition to delivering superior driving stability at highway speeds. Its refined, aero-tuned wheel arch and rear fascia cladding combines powerfully with futuristic LED lighting to create a high-tech eco appearance.

The front of Kona Electric presents a future-focused, modern presence, with a cross-hatch, debossed design element for the grille area. The electric charging port is seamlessly integrated with this grille area for convenient, head-in parking at charging stations. The front view is flanked by aero-tuned flared fenders that enhance its road presence. It’s further enhanced by a separated-headlight design signature, with LED Daytime Running Lights above and high-efficiency LED headlights below. The visual relationship between the composite lamps, the futuristic grille and unique side cladding results in a distinctive electric crossover character.

Side-profile design elements reinforce its modern and efficient qualities. A bright-finish lower wave-like element visually connects the front and rear, as do contrasting gray fender flares. Lightweight, eco-spoke aero design wheels add a unique cue to the profile while providing aero efficiency benefits.

As with the front LED arrangement, the rear light configuration also creates a unique, signature appearance. The slim brake lights, turn indicators and reverse lamps are in a separated configuration, surrounded by protective skin that begins at the C-pillar garnish. The rear bumper fascia conveys an inverse wave-form design element that simultaneously conveys ruggedness and a future-oriented powertrain. The Kona Electric coefficient of drag is a wind-cheating 0.29 Cd, an impressive aerodynamic rating for its highly functional compact CUV bodystyle.


In keeping with its modern design demeanor, a number of extroverted color variations allow buyers to further express themselves by choosing colors such as Phantom Black, Chalk White, Pulse Red, Ceramic Blue and Galactic Gray. When equipped without a sunroof, the Kona EV roof is finished with a color-contrasting white color scheme (black, gray and white exterior color choices only). The available white roof provides contrast between the roof and body for a distinctive appearance and more effective solar heat rejection to reduce HVAC system loads, increasing overall efficiency in warmer climates.


The unique features of the exterior continue inside with a strong horizontal character line creating a wide and spacious feel. Even with its compact dimensions and low roof line, the Kona Electric delivers outstanding interior roominess, especially front headroom.

The sleek and simple interior accentuates the modern and efficient exterior design. Kona Electric exclusive shift-by-wire drive controls are supported by a center console upper bridge element with an integrated open-access lower storage bin for convenience. The audio/navigation display incorporates advanced infotainment features and the available floating eight-inch seamless navigation touchscreen includes standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ capability. The floating display adds further to the occupants’ sense of interior openness and puts information front and center for the driver. Further, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) controls are surrounded by soft, fluid details that enhance the comfort-focused environment. Interior environments are available in either black (cloth interior only), or a light gray and blue dual-tone color scheme in leather interior options.


The Kona Electric compact platform has been developed to give customers CUV-like ground clearance and an elevated, command seating position to provide better visibility and comfort on long journeys, as well as easy ingress and egress. Rear suspension component intrusion is minimized, allowing for a lower load floor and seating position to deliver impressive headroom and ease of access for rear occupants. Designers maximized interior space for storage versatility, meeting the requirements of eco customers with active lifestyle pursuits. Split-folding rear seats fold flat via a dual-level load floor that yields additional vertical space and allows easy access for a variety of recreational equipment. As a result, Kona Electric offers a generous 19.2 cubic feet of rear cargo volume, exactly the same volume as the Kona with an internal combustion engine.


The Kona Electric powertrain employs a high-efficiency 150 kW (201 horsepower) permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor supplied by a high-voltage 64 kWh lithium-ion battery. The motor develops 291 lb.-ft. of torque distributed to the front wheels through a 7.981 axle ratio. The powertrain inverter has a power density of 25.4 kVA per liter. The battery system is liquid-cooled and operates at 356 volts. Battery pack energy density is 141.3 Wh/kg (greater than Chevy Bolt), with a total battery system weight under 1,000 lbs. In addition, Kona Electric energy efficiency is internally-estimated at 117 MPGe, superior to Nissan Leaf (112 MPGe), Tesla Model S (104 MPGe), and Tesla Model X (93 MPGe).

Kona Electric Motor Drive System

The Kona Electric utilizes a Level-II on-board charging system capable of a 7.2 kW rate of charge for rapid recharging characteristics. Kona Electric estimated range is a segment-leading 250 miles, meeting the varying needs of owner lifestyles. A full charge can be achieved in 54 minutes with a Level-III quick charge (zero to 80 percent charge @ 100 kW), using the SAE-Combo charging port, while a 7.2 kW Level-II charger takes nine hours and thirty five minutes. This 100 kW DC fast-charging capability is standard on the Kona Electric. For charging convenience, the charging port is located in the front grille area for head-in parking ease whenever charging is needed.


Kona Electric was developed with a focus on enhanced driving dynamics and responsive performance for a variety of urban and multi-surface driving conditions. The long wheelbase, short overhangs and wide track create a planted stance that results in exceptional agility in urban environments with enhanced linear stability and ride comfort. The front suspension features a MacPherson strut system using an innovative sub-frame bushing design for enhanced comfort and reduced NVH. The MacPherson strut design uses gas-filled shock absorbers and a hollow stabilizer bar for lower weight and enhanced responsiveness. Standard 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/55R17 tires give surefooted, agile handling character on a variety of road surfaces.

All Kona Electric models employ a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension design for overall agility, ride comfort and stability with minimal ride vs. handling compromises. Its geometry was specially designed for refined body movement on a variety of surfaces. Rear suspension control arm design also minimizes camber and toe changes throughout the suspension travel range.

Kona Electric also offers Drive Mode Select, which allows the driver to customize dynamic responses, such as steering feel, transmission and overall powertrain responsiveness to their preferences, and to changing road or traffic conditions. Differentiated driving modes (Normal, Eco and Sport) optimize torque distribution, tailoring Kona Electric to a variety of driving preferences and purposes. In Sport mode, there is a greater emphasis on acceleration, while Normal and Eco modes progressively prioritize range over performance with more conservative power-delivery strategies.


Kona Electric’s motor-driven power steering is more efficient and quieter than traditional hydraulic systems, reducing typical parasitic losses from ancillary belts and their continual drag on the powertrain. Further, the steering system was engineered and tuned specifically for Kona Electric’s precise and rapid adjustments in steering feel with changing driving conditions. The steering wheel itself offers a wide range of tilt and telescopic adjustment for greater driver comfort.


Hyundai is the only global car manufacturer to produce its own steel for vehicle production for specific benefits to Kona Electric structural integrity and safety. The lightweight yet strong unibody structure has been developed with Advanced High Strength Steel to deliver leading levels of inherent passive safety characteristics.

Proprietary hot-stamping methods produce lightweight, ultra-strong structural elements to maximize the cabin’s central safety cell. The length of structural adhesives used in Kona Electric production exceeds 375 feet, providing additional torsional rigidity and further reducing overall structure weight for better fuel efficiency, acceleration and handling. The platform also features an innovative multi-load path structure – an advanced energy dispersion technology that dispenses crash energy across multiple structures to help protect passengers in the event of an accident.


Kona Electric offers advanced active safety features, including standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which uses the car’s front-facing camera to help detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking autonomously. Three additional systems also utilize the standard front-view camera to boost safety and convenience: Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (on LED-headlight-equipped models), and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).

By sensing road markings, Lane Keeping Assist helps to prevent accidental lane departure by automatically steering the car if required. High Beam Assist automatically controls the high beam headlights depending on surroundings, while the Driver Attention Warning system monitors a spectrum of driver-related characteristics to help detect driver fatigue or careless driving.

Kona Electric radar systems also assist with the Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) to help detect approaching vehicles that may be obscured from view during highway driving. The Rear Cross-Traffic Collison-Avoidance Assist helps detect when another vehicle may have entered the car’s rearward path, such as backing out of a parking spot, and may provide a driver alert and automatic braking assistance.


Kona Electric offers a full suite of sophisticated technologies paired with user-friendly functionality to keep passengers informed and entertained. The premium infotainment system offers various advanced connectivity features, including standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, SiriusXM® Radio, HD Radio and next-generation Blue Link® LTE-powered connectivity. The standard seven-inch color LCD display includes AM/FM/MP3 touchscreen audio, auxiliary inputs, voice-command recognition and Rear View Monitor. The available eight-inch touchscreen navigation display includes next-generation Blue Link, traffic flow and incident data via HD radio, Infinity® premium audio with eight speakers, subwoofer and Clari-Fi ™ music-restoration technology. Smartphone integration is also included in the premium system.

Because some Kona Electric buyers will have downsized from a larger CUV, Kona Electric offers features that they would be accustomed to in larger CUV segments, such as a seven-inch color LCD electroluminescent gauge cluster, power driver’s seat, leather heated seats, automatic air conditioning and proximity key. A Heads-Up Display system is available, projecting a virtual image onto the transparent panel mounted behind the instrument panel, which helps the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road. With a generous, eight-inch projected-image size and outstanding luminance, the Heads-Up Display provides both excellent day- and night-time visibility. Information projected includes speed, navigation instructions, safety and audio system information. Deployed vertically by a simple touch of a button beside the steering wheel, the display disappears into the dashboard when not in use.

In a first for the segment, Kona Electric offers smartphone wireless charging. To charge a device, simply place a compatible smartphone on the wireless-charging interface located in the center console storage, recharging without the need for cables. The system indicates when the phone has fully charged, reminds occupants to remove their phone when exiting the vehicle, and detects when a foreign object is in the recharging area that could interfere with charging. The system is fully compliant with WPC’s Qi standard for ease of use.


All Kona Electric models include complimentary three-year Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and guidance services (models equipped with factory navigation). Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Google Home®, Remote Start with Climate Control, Destination Search by Voice®, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. In addition, Kona Electric adds exclusive EV-oriented features such as Remote Charge Management, Charge Scheduling, EV Power History and EV Range.

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88 Comments on "Hyundai Kona Electric – 250 Mile Range, 64-kWh Battery For U.S."

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“Hyundai isn’t listing a price just yet, but considering the base Kona starts at $19,500, we expect the electric version to be somewhere in the mid to upper $20,000 area.”

The Chevrolet Bolt EV starts at about $36,000.-

Wouldn’t it be more likely that it will be priced a bit lower than that, but surely more than $30,000.-?


Pretty sure that was a typo. Meant mid to upper $30,000 area. Even at that, it ought to sell pretty well.


i am told the car will be under $30k competing with the nissan leaf but with 100 mile more range. i have a 2017 leaf and i will be trading it in for a kona.

john duley

Kona US price just released. $29,995. Cheaper than Bolt and 258 mile range!


I thought the same. My guess is $35,000. I hear the 60kwh Leaf will be the same as well.

Regardless, this is definitely on my list to replace my 08 Ford Escape.


35.000 GBP

1 USD = 0,736214928 GBP

35.000 GBP = 47.540 USD

UK has 25% VAT (Sales tax).

47.540 / 1,25 = 38.032 USD.


Sorry, VAT in Britain is 20%.

47.540 / 1,20 = 39.617 USD

Other expences might very a bit as well. Do not know about EU (Britain) vs. US import duties for Hyundai vehicles.


If it is going be be upper $20,000 I am buying 2 right away.


And if it’s mid $20000, I’m buying three. Maybe four.

By early 2019, the Bolt, with reduced tax credit, will not be able to compete with the Kona – especially if the Kona offers AWD.


The BEV Kona will definitely not offer AWD, at least not in the next 2-3 years.
The current design has no room for a 2nd motor, and they’re not going to do a serious redesign after just 1-2 years.


The Bolt EV and Kona EV are very similar cars in size and function, and price. Only real difference is styling.


I wanted a Chevy Cruze, but no Chevy dealer wanted to…… deal. I finally got TWO Hyundai Elantras, several years apart, for $6000+ LESS than Cruze cars. Problem with both Elantras after 105,000 miles between the two…. looks like we may never be able to use the 10 year/100,000 mile warranties because NOTHING has gone wrong & may NOT go wrong with both cars. Hey, that’s a GOOD thing!


Not in the US, or any other market that doesn’t get the base version (Norway for instance).

I think about $30k for the base version sounds right. It beats the LEAF on range by just over 20% on the combined cycle, probably less on the highway (which is when you need it) but more when it’s very cold (which is also when you need it).

The 64 kWh higher-specced car that will be on sale in the US (and Norway starting late summer!) is expected to get an MSRP just under $40k.


Are you saying that the Hyundai Kona EV will be more expensive than the Chevrolet Bolt EV?


Compliance car here in the states unlike the leaf which is nationwide and a nieghbor lease one down the block here in ne ohio


This is what the Bolt should have been.


I expect GM has a small electric CUV in the works that we will see in 2019. It would be helpful if Congress acted to extend and restructure the EV tax credit so that it eliminates the manufacturer limits, and goes to a finite single pool of credits for all makes. I hate seeing the EV pioneers being punished for leading early.


CAFE and CARB are at play, with California (and the ~13 other states) possibly backing off, if Pruitt and EPA don’t reverse too much out of the CAFE standard’s effort. The aim is ~36mpg (real world) by 2025.

Tony Marco

Come on! Don’t be hard on GM.

They’ve only had the Volt in development for 11 years.

Takes a while to fabricate new designs! ;-0


What do you mean? It isn’t really different than Bolt EV. FWD compact car (Bolt EV might be a tiny bit bigger).


Will it have or offer AWD?


I’ve heard no on AWD. Still impressive range, power, and price for an EV.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Well that’s just too bad.
I could live with the lame 7.2Kw AC L2 but I need the AWD.

Maybe by 2020 hopefully. If so, this may sway me from the TM3.

The iPace is perfect but don’t want to spend that much.


Yep.. if this impresses me at the test drive, I am nixing my Model 3 reservation. If it’s $35,000, I am not going to even think twice. Also Hyundai has still a long ways to go before the Fed Tax credit disappears.


What’s lame about 7.2 kw level 2. This is how you charge it overnight at home. Claims to have 100kw dc charging.


Nothin’ wrong with 7.2kw…. unless you want to charge faster & wear out your battery pack quicker. Think many “rich” people already are discharging to under 5%—10% & too quickly, & re-charging battery packs too quickly & too high a charge. & rich people will get rid of their EVs, so poorer second-hand buyers will have to deal with rich people’s ability to waste nice, but vulnerable battery packs.


Will the Hyundai Kona EV take away marketshare from the Chevrolet Bolt EV in Q4 2018 and in 2019?

Get Real

The Kona should definitely start taking away a lot of marketshare from the Chevy Bolt once GM starts singing down its tax credits.

That alone will make the Kona which will still qualify for the credit a lot cheaper then the Bolt.

This is why Congress needs to adjust (but not kill) the tax credit to get rid of the 200,000 per manufacturer cap.


Good point.

When do you thank that GM will have reached that 200,000 per manufacturer cap?

What is GM’s current total?

How many Plug-In cars can GM still sell before hitting that 200,000 cap?

Brave Lil' Toaster

The answer to this question ranks right up there with “what will the value of Bitcoin be in 2019” and “how much snow will Whistler get next December”.

The only way to know will be to wait and see.


That depends a lot on how many they’ll make. Right now, they’re not making enough of the Ioniq BEV to satisfy demand, and as I recall, there was a report they were only going to make 30K this year — they could sell that in Europe alone.


No. Its only a California market car


The real question is how many of them will be allocated to the US market in Q4 2018 and in 2019?


California only
Those are the 2 key words in that article


As a CA resident I will note that we buy half or the EVs sold in the US and have the best climate for them (except for cold mountain and hot desert areas). so it only makes sense that they start here.

If this becomes real (ie available in significant volume) and sells (pre credits/rebate) at +/-35k for base model it will be a hot item. Will the Kia Niro also get this power system ? What will Hyundai do with the (barely available) Ioniq EV (drop price, add more battery capacity)?

Somewhat goofy (to my Euro favoring tastes) Asian styling but very attractive overall.


Best climate?? For people, sure. For EVs, no way. Norway has a much better climate for EVs.

While it’s true that you get more range on a warm day than a cold one, hot climates are much more of a problem with respect to degradation – active TMS or not. CA is kinder to EVs than AZ, but Norway is perfect. 🙂


You do realize how large California is, right? The weather climate in California ranges from Death Valley hot to San Francisco mild. The coastal areas of California have a very moderate climate. Long Beach, for instance, ranges from a high of 84 degrees F. in the summer months to a high of 68 F in the winter. And this reflects the entire coastal area from Central California to San Diego. This is where the population of California largely resides.

Get Real

What BS.

Well engineered (good TMS) EVs are much more effected by cold and especially extremely cold weather then hot weather.

Cold, dense air and heating electrically does a much bigger number on range the does running AC and TMS cooling battery.

Most of California is far, far more mild in climate then Norway


Seattle has the best climate for EV’s.


I nominate Honolulu: rarely above 90º, rarely below 60º


Hyundai’s already on record that there’ll be a ~200mi Ioniq BEV.


Yet they said it would be revealed in 2018…still no word


Plus they are barely bringing the 125 mile Ioniq to US. Only to the LA area last time I checked. Wanted to drive one here in S.F. ares but none at dealers.


The 64kW-hr Ioniq is what I’m holding out for. Hope I can get one before the Hyundai Kona eats up the 200,000 limit. & I bet the “64” Ioniq will get 260+ mile range.


Man, that marketing speak is boring. I just skimmed most of it. The car sounds really interesting, but there is still much to learn.


No adaptive cruise control? The gas version doesn’t come with adaptive cruise control.

Get Real

You mean like how the Bolt doesn’t come with adaptive cruise control?


Look at the pictures. Shure looks like a radar in the lower part of the bumper.


Does it have a TMS for the battery or is it air cooled like the Ioniq EV and Kia Soul EV?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“The battery system is liquid-cooled and operates at 356 volts. ”

From previous article…


” The battery system is liquid-cooled and operates at 356 volts. Battery pack energy density is 141.3 Wh/kg (greater than Chevy Bolt), with a total battery system weight under 1,000 lbs. ”

Also a permanent magnet motor… powertrain specs on this are very impressive.


I’m ambiguous with respect to permanent magnet motors. Yes, they are more efficient. But unlike induction motors, they require rare earths. In fact, Tesla used to say that was why they choose induction motor design for their cars until they quietly switched for their first volume car – when such considerations would actually matter. No mention of the true reason, which is that until Model 3 Tesla were still using an evolved version of the AC/Cobra motor design they bought along with the rest of the powertrain for the Roadster.

(Plus chassis, suspension etc from Lotus; the Roadster really was little but a Tesla battery pack made of Panasonic off-the-shelf laptop battery cells plus the stuff Tesla bought as opposed to design themselves. It was a smart way to bootstrap the company though, and it fulfilled it’s purpose of changing people’s perception of what an electric car is.)

Get Real

You might want to update your knowledge here just like on climate, Model 3 uses a switched reluctance motor which uses far less powerful magnets and far less magnets overall then a normal PMM:

The tradeoff of using a little bit of magnets with very small amounts of rare earth is near best in class efficiency plus the performance critical to the Tesla image and brand.

Murrysville EV

Hideous face.

I’m eagerly waiting for the Kia Niro EV version.


Heck I’m patiently waiting for the NIRO PHEV. My dealer is giving me the deer in the headlights look on it. They seem confused why I don’t just buy the regular Niro hybrid sitting on their lot. Next closest Kia dealer is over 200 miles.


Look away, I’m hideous!
Just like Kramer, in Seinfeld!


Not liken’ that lawn chair inspired grill.

Bill Howland

I’m a bit curious as to the battery capacity. My BOLT ev, with some tapering near the end of charge, takes 67.77 kwh to recharge in moderate weather.

9 hrs, 35 min @ 7200 watts (zero tapering), would be 69 kwh. Might be 67.77 kwh with tapering, (I’m making the assumption that the batteries of both cars have equivalent efficiency chargers and ESR’s). But it sounds to be pretty close to a Bolt EV.

Will be interesting to see how easy it is to get the 250 miles that the car is rated. It is I gather the larger SUV of the 2.

As an aside, these press releases go from dumb to dumber, as I wouldn’t think the ‘space efficiency’ of the inverter pack was a make or break issue with buyers.

Kootenay EV Family

Looking at the specs on the euro website, I think this car will be too small for my family of four (with two growing boys).

Powertrain looks great though! So I’m hoping this powertrain is what ends up in the Niro, as it is just big enough that we would consider compromising on the space (since there isn’t yet anything on the horizon as big as our Forester with 800L of luggage and ample rear seat room).


Kona is very small, just tedt drive it and form your own opinion


“this car will be too small for my family of four (with two growing boys)”….. Ya jes’ ken’t get dem kids to stop kickin’ yer driver’s seatback, ah sees.

Tim Miser

It looks like they copied the Bolt options exactly but with additional power drivers seat. I expect the price of the loaded Kona will be around $45K compared to a loaded Bolt at $44K.

Get Real

No way and in any case it will be substantially cheaper when GM’s tax credit starts winding down.


Sing it with me everyone…

“Until it’s for sale in Pennsylvania, it’s vaporware to me.”


You do realize you share the blame with Hyundai right? You guys keep electing people that don’t care about the environment and won’t adhere to CARB rules so while you point 1 finger at Hyundai just realize you’re pointing 4 back at yourself and your neighbors 😀


As an alternative, he could point four fingers at Hyundai, provided the one finger kept in reserve was the middle one.

David Cary

Now now, It is not fair to blame a single person for the ridiculous government. You can be the most radical environmentalist and live in a state where you don’t agree with decisions made by state government.

And, if Hyundai makes money on this car, why would it even matter what CARB says? They have the power to make more and distribute more widely. Nissan does.


California and ZEV only. Yet another compliance plug-in from Hyundai. I don’t care how favourably it compares to the Bolt or the Leaf when GM or Nissan would actually take my money and sell me their EV, and Hyundai wouldn’t.


I still can’t believe they’re bring the Kona to market here before the Niro!


Pricing in the Netherlands:

40 kWh version from 28k to 31k euro excluding tax.
64 kWh top of the line version promised to be under 41 k euro ex tax.


Did anyone catch the bit about the cargo capacity? 13.17 cubic feet without the charging adapter, or 11.17 cubit feet with the charging adapter??

Last I checked – the Leaf has a cargo capacity of 23 or so cubit feet. And how does a charging adapter take up 2 cubic feet?? That thing must be a monster! Even my old wall mounted Aerovironment unit only took about about 1 cubic feet with all the thick cord and everything for it!


It comes with a small child that plugs the car in for you, duh…


No, that 23 cu.ft. number is using some non-standard measurement spec. The number quoted here for the Kona is the European VDA spec, which measure volume under the rear cargo shelf for hatch backs:
Kona EV:
2018 Leaf: 435 liters
Kona EV: 332 liters


Good to see Kona is smaller than Leaf. When I buy the 64kW-hr Ioniq (which will be even more efficient than Leaf or Kona), I’ll stress the Electric grid less than almost all over EVs. Americans always bellyache that vehicles aren’t big enough.


Why do many EV makers make them so goddam ugly?

Bill Howland

Not sure why they have 3 articles here with precious little info – couldn’t they just update one article?

Also, I’ll be glad if it indeed goes 12 miles further than the Bolt ev, but the article poorly documents that fact – if there is indeed any proof of it at all.


I’ll be happy if it just has more comfortable seats than the Bolt.

Don Zenga

Hyundai will allocate
10 units/month for the 50 states of USA.
2 units/month for the 15 provinces of Canada.

If they cannot produce enough units of Ioniq EV with 28 KWh battery, how can they produce Kona EV with 40 – 64 KWh.

Hyundai is another VW in disguise. Enough of fooling us with this type of false news and compliance cars.


👏👏👏👏. Hyundai can take 🍆 and eat it. Worst then VW since LG, and samsung are korea home base and can get favorable battery contracts for thier patrons


I don’t like eggplant either!


The 14 cubic foot cargo space is pretty disappointing. Still holding out for something at least midway in size between the Bolt and RAV4 cargo space wise.


Any word on a plug-in hybrid?


I’m not sure this is strictly a “conversion” since Hyundia and Kia aren’t the same brand, but the Soul EV is CHAdeMO and the Kona is “using the SAE-Combo”. Having had EVs with both types, I’m happy to see the death of CHAdeMO, both because it’s a bit more clunky than CCS and I can never remember which of those letters I should capitalize when writing it ;).


I assure you, I didn’t elect them.
I vote for green (not Green party) candidates.
But in a representative government, my one vote is only one vote. But I keep voting, none the less.

I look forward to the day that a President is driven around in a BEV limousine.

Mike H

I wonder about the warranty on the battery, hasn’t Hyundai traditionally offered a lifetime warranty on the batteries?

jim stack

so WHY don’t they do that on their sister company KIA SOUL EV. Their batteries die 100% in the Phoenix area and Georgia etc
QUOTE=The battery system is liquid-cooled and operates at 356 volts. Battery pack energy density is 141.3 Wh/kg


wondering what kind of NCM-battery it will have;
The NCM 622 probably
The 2019 model might have the NCM 811 battery (with 25% increase)

john duley

Kona US price just released. $29,995. Cheaper than Bolt and 258 mile range!