Hyundai Kona Electric Is U.S’ Cheapest EV Per Mile Of Range

FEB 20 2019 BY MARK KANE 70

The first model to check in below the $150 per mile of EPA range mark

Hyundai Kona Electric received tons of positive reviews around the world as it’s a competitively priced small crossover with long-range and not too much to complain about.

When comparing the all-electric models that are available in the U.S., we found that the Kona Electric has the lowest ratio of price (MSRP + destination charge) per mile of EPA range, by a significant margin – $145/mile ($90/km). The second best result – Chevrolet Bolt EV – is 9% higher ($158/mile).

The reason behind the more affordable “price of range” lies in the combination of an attractive price, high battery capacity as well as long-range (energy efficiency).

  • Base price: $37,495 ($36,450 MSRP + $1,045 DST)
  • Effective base price: $29,995 after including $7,500 federal tax credit
  • Battery: 64 kWh
  • Range: 258 miles (415 km) EPA

When taking into consideration the effective price of $29,995, the base price per mile is as low as $116.

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That is if you can buy the base model Kona – because availability is an issue.
In Canada, Hyundai is specifying « delayed availability » for the base model.

Apparantly $6,000 extra for the model on sale now, the ultimate model. It has power sunroof, leather seating, 8″ navigation and upgraded audio, and LED headlights. The preferred model (base model) though has all the features I already want. Hope it arrives soon. I’ll buy one immediately, with the $11,000 I’ll get for “scrap it” + electric subsidy. 20 year old Forrester to get rid of 🙂 I still have to test drive one.

52 – 6 – 11 = $35,000 plus taxes. And I’ll save $10,000 CAD on gas pretty quickly with the high prices around here.

Just remember, you pay taxes on $52k, ot on $35k. In Quebec your total will be around $43k. You will also need a L2 charger (~$2k)…

Except it doesn’t have thermal heat management which rules it out for a large part of the country 💁

SO the Kona does not have a battery temperature regulator? Does the Kia?

Yes it does. Full liquid cooled and heated

US version does not appear to have heat pump for cabin heating nor active battery heating:

Downvoting won’t hurt my feelings, but downvoting a reference that sites the lack of those two features is not helpful unless you post a reference indicating otherwise.

US version doesn’t have a heat pump but it has the exact same COOLING method the other version has.

Glycol fluid filled channels with a heat exchanger with the passenger AC system.

Read the article the Insideevs article links to and look at the Hot Condition information:

“The three-way valves switch to Chiller Mode (labeled “Hot Condition” above) when the battery starts to get too warm. Hyundai hasn’t said what the exact parameters are. The coolant flows through a “chiller” which exchanges heat with the vehicle’s air conditioning refrigerant loop.”

Now, the lack of an efficient heat pump or dedicated heater is a bummer, but I’m okay with the cooling system being dependent on the HVAC system.

Correct, I never said anything about it not having cooling of the battery.

Same cooling but not the same heating. I’d like a battery that can heat itself a bit, living in cold upstate NY. That rules out a 2019 Kona Electric for me, sadly. I really wanted to buy one.

I share your sentiments. Therefore, I am now waiting for the Niro EV since it has both an available heat pump and battery heater.

What do you mean by “thermal heat management”?

If you can avoid all the dealerships trying to tack on a $5,000 premium because they’re in short supply and people have the nerve to be interested in them.

Buy it Oregon. They only tack on an additional $3,500.

Damn, I got my LEAF last year instead of waiting because I expected the Kia/Hyundai’s to go at MSRP vs. the multi-thousand discount I got on the LEAF.

Effective OTD cost is $96 per mile of range…

Currently, Kendall Chevrolet in Eugene is offering $6,200 off MSRP on all 2019 Bolt EV’s. Premier models going for $37,400. That works out to $1.57 / mile.
By the time you get done paying additional dealer markup on the minuscule supply of Kona and Niro EV’s you are not going to be close to $1.50 / mile on the available ( loaded ) models.

And no sales tax in Oregon!!!!! (but you must pay sales tax in your state when you register it of course) I’m from Cal. and it is so surprising to buy things in OR; the price IS the price, weird. Plus when you buy motor fuel they pump it for you, so retro.

I’m not understanding your argument here. Are you saying that high demand vehicles shouldn’t demand higher prices? It isn’t fun for consumers but supply and demand pricing is a common feature of most businesses. It is a good warning that prices will be high until supply increases.

I wouldn’t count on supply increasing much in the US. I honestly think Kia is doing this on purpose to avoid the issue with the Bolt EV where Chevy was forced to discount it heavily shortly after releasing it once demand was met. It would be a really bad idea to pay over MSRP for the Kona, especially when you can get a similar size Bolt EV for as much under MSRP. Is it really worth $50k for a Kona EV when a Bolt EV could be had fully loaded for around $40k? For $50k you could get a Model 3 MR with Autopilot.

Except for the fact that they will never meet demand. Dollar for dollar the Niro/Kona EV’s are a much better value than the comparatively ranged Model 3. And much better looking as well. They will eat Tesla’s lunch on the low/medium range.

I was really unimpressed with the premium model Kona EV at the Chicago Autoshow. For one, it doesn’t have enough headroom due to sunroof (immediately out for me). Secondly, I was expecting nicer based on the reviews I have seen online. The quality is the same as the Bolt EV Premier of the same price level, I sat in these back to back. The Kona really isn’t better value. The Model 3 MR has more performance, more range, Supercharging for less money, and even adding Autopilot doesn’t make it much more than the Kona. The base Model Kona is a better value of course.

It is not that I think the Kona EV is bad, I just think the price is too high for what it is. You can tell the $7500 is priced into MSRP. Also, I couldn’t sit in the back without the front seats forward. It is a pretty tight (as in small in an uncomfortable way) car. The Bolt EV is better for space (although I didn’t check thoroughly, it just felt roomier).

I was at the Toronto auto show yesterday. Sat in the Kona EV, Soul EV (2020 64KWh) and e-Niro nearly back to back. I’m not sure why anyone would buy the Kona EV unless you badly need those extra 20 miles of range. The Soul EV has more space than the Kona and the e-Niro is much larger yet. But for rear seat legroom only the e-Niro is comparable to the Bolt EV.

Cleveland Auto show is around the corner hoping to seat in one

I doubt many people think that the Niro/Kona EVs are ‘much better looking’ than the Model 3.

Model 3 is WAY better looking, IMO.

Here we are back with the false premise that there is the limited pool of EV buyers that will steal sales from each other. Sales will go up for all decent 200+ mile range EV models going forward. They won’t be eating each other’s lunch.

They compete (although it is a growing pool as you say). As an example, my next car purchase will likely be either a Tesla Model Y or a VW ID Crozz (whatever final name is, ID.4x or something).

Bolt EV is still listing for about $32K. This dealer used to list for $32.2K, now $32.8K. Premier is listed $38.5K.

Nice, so less than $40k, comparing again $38.5k vs about $50k for marked up Kona, the Kona seems a bad choice. The Bolt EV Premier is similar interior quality to Kona, the buyer has to decide if adaptive cruise and cooled seats are worth almost $12k 😉

Safety features and premium feel poise dcfc is standard on the bolt ev you have to pay those options

Advertised from above dealer includes DCFC. Premium “feel” is just that; how much is “feel” worth to you?

Premium “feel” is actually negative for me since the car gets covered with dog hair, taco shell bits in crevices, home depot dirt pretty quickly.

Mines not. No dogs and don’t eat in my car. Plus it retains its value if the interior is Immaculate

Ventilated seats, not cooled.

Kona charges quite a bit faster as well, which is more important for long trips. 50kW for the Bolt vs 70kW for the Kona (once the 100kW CCS network starts to fill in more), and it hold the fast charge rate a bit longer before tapering. I’ll be replacing my Bolt in a little over a year and I’m torn on Niro vs Kona, since Niro will eventually allow 100kW charging, which might even out the decreased range (again, for long trips; if you want a commuter car the Kona is perfect). If the Kona had 100kW charging it would be an easy choice for me. I don’t use the Bolt much for short drives. I drive a 230 mile (one-way) trip once or twice a month, so fast charging matters to me. In winter this drive is unreasonable in the Bolt–charging can add almost an hour on the 100A (35kW) chargers we have here. I’m hoping the faster charging in the next generation of EV’s will make the difference.

55kw for Bolt

Point taken. I have yet to see anything above 44kW while charging on my dash, but yeah, once the 200A chargers start rolling out it will take 55kW.

The new EA ones are 150 and 350kW. They are now operational on I-80 in NV.

I 80 in PA

It’s available on the EA chargers

Torn as well

It’s the markets. One the see no one is playing their games it will be reduce

Compare to the Tesla Model 3 base model version – the two currently enjoy the same availability.

Exactly, but compare premium Kona to Model 3 MR and I would have a really hard time choosing the Kona over the Model 3 for the same price.

Dollars per mile of range is a slightly misleading metric. If I told you I had magic technology that provided $1/mile of ev range, you would be very excited. If I told you it only works with a minimum of 1,000,000 miles of range, you would be a bit less excited.

Agreed. The $/mile of range metric is my least favorite of the commonly discussed ways of evaluating EVs.

What’s a “good” or “acceptable” number? It’s highly dependent on the individual consumer’s circumstances. Look around this site at all the back-and-forth over the value of PHEVs or some non-Tesla models or even, dare I say it, Teslas. When I replaced my first BEV with my second BEV almost a year ago, Tesla wasn’t an option for a variety of mundane reasons — cost, lack of local stores/service facilities, availability. But for many other people in the US, a Tesla is the right choice, and I’m delighted to see them driving around and consuming zero gasoline.

It is a rough statistic since there are so many other metrics (size, DC-fast charge ability, body type, etc.) to consider.

But it is an interesting metric on the progress of getting EV prices down to an affordable level.

A car with 1 000 000 miles of range? What battery capacity would it have? 240 000 kWh if it needed 240 Wh / mile.

Hyundai sold 34 BEV’s in the US last month. In other words Lamborghini is selling 3 times as many gas guzzlers as Hyundai is selling battery electrics. Hyundai has to prove themselves relevant to BEV sales before they deserve praise for having the cheapest EV per mile of range.

Kona outsold all Tesla in Norway Jan. 2019

You realize that Tesla mostly delivers cars in Norway later in the quarter? Compare Tesla figures on a quarterly basis for this reason. Even if they ship early January from the US the earliest they will be delivered is February. Tesla doesn’t ship cars to Norway at the end of the quarter, they deliver them in the US.

Renault, Volkswagen, etc. outsold Tesla in January 2019, because it is not February! Times are changing.

Hyundai will keep supply low to keep the margins high. Or until another affordable cross over comes along.

One reason it is cheap per mile of range is that, by not purchasing gasoline, it evades road taxes. This situation can’t continue for very long.

Two comments:

1) The $/mile figure referenced here has absolutely nothing to do with operating costs like road taxes.

2) “This situation” was discontinued several years ago where I live (North Carolina, USA). EV owners here pay the state a $100 surcharge on our annual registration, equivalent to the state gas tax paid by someone driving 12,000 miles/year (roughly twice the distance I travel in my Leaf) in a 43 mpg gasoline vehicle (coincidentally, about what I used to get in the Civic Hybrid the Leaf replaced).

Dave Erb

GA here. EV owners here pay $206 a year which is more tax than an car pays in gas tax. I would argue that this way of taxing EVs at punitive and different rates can’t continue for very long.

Ohio is about to put $250. Elon should make a deal no ev tax for jobs in Ohio

For those wondering, the Model 3 Mid-Range is $162/mile ($42900/264 miles). The best Model 3 ever, the Long-Range RWD, was officially $158/mile ($49000/310 miles), and unofficially more like $146/mile (EPA rated it at 334 miles – Tesla elected to have it listed as 310 miles instead.)

No matter how you look at it, Kona appears to solidly be the winner in this department right now. Maybe Tesla will rectify that as cheaper variants become available…

I believe that it only wins because it is probably being sold as a money-losing compliance car.

The arithmetic should calculate by highway EPA, not combined, when questions of range arise.
This is how the EPA calculates range:

Use of the EPA highway test (HWFET) works out to 226 miles of range in the Kona and 245 miles range in the MR Tesla. If the full federal tax credit of $7,500 is available to the consumer then the 36k Kona works out to $126 per mile range, or $142/mile if the consumer can take $3,750.

The MR Tesla Model 3 works out to $164/mile range if the $3,750 tax credit is available.

Now, should we try to value 120 kW Supercharging Vs 50 kW Kona charging ?

Kona has 70kw charging

Most CCS chargers are 50 kW.

That sucks and really needs to change. I don’t know if they need to go up to 300KW but they should at least bump them up to 150KW to deal with the new EVs starting to hit the road.

Well that’s depressing.

Other EV makers have FINALLY caught up to Tesla on Range but except for the expensive ones, the DC-fast-charge rate sucks.

It’s changing

That seems pretty reasonable. In the UK there have been quite a few complaints about the price of the Kona starting at £32,845 after the £3500 plug in vehicle grant for the 64 kWh version. What’s worse is that the monthly payments for buying it on a PCP is considerably higher than most other vehicles of this sort of price at £558.25 for 48 months.

Can the US spec Kona (or Niro) handle northeastern winters? Serious question from someone looking to buy their first EV. Some friends with Teslas are calling the Kona and Niro “California cars” unfit for colder temperatures. Conflicting information is confusing me.

If I was in your position I’d wait a year and see how the few that are sold up there handle the next winter.

Even in my case, where cooling is the issue (I live in central Texas,) even with the reassurance that this vehicle has active cooling I want to wait until this summer to hear fantastic heat fails or of the lack thereof.

The problem is that it appears to just be a compliance car that will be sold in pitifully small volumes.