Hyundai Kona Electric Rated By EPA: Range Of 258 Miles


It’s now officially official.

The Hyundai Kona Electric will go some 258 miles per charge, according to figures just released by the EPA.

MPGe figures check in at 132 city, 108 highway and 120 combined.

The Kona Electric rated by the EPA is equipped with a 64-kWh battery. We don’t expect the U.S. version of the Kona Electric to be offered in the smaller capacity 39.2-kWh format. Here’s a look at the ratings from the Agency:

That range number places the Kona Electric near the top among electric vehicles offered in the U.S. and will surely make it an enticing vehicle.

Additional Kona Electric specs include:

Long-range Battery / Motor spec:

  • 64 kWh battery – 470 km (292 miles) range (WLTP)
  • 150 kW, 395 Nm electric motor (front-wheel drive)
  • 0-62 mph (100 kmh) in 7.6 seconds
  • 104 mph (167 km/h) top speed
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger and 100 kW CCS Combo DC fast charging capability

We still don’t have U.S. pricing info for the Kona Electric, nor is there a firm on-sale date available at this time, but with these figures now official, it’s launch has to be right around the corner.

One last note we should toss out there is that demand for the Kona Electric abroad already far exceeds supply, so we expect this to be a low-volume offering for quite some time after its launch until Hyundai can increase production.

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That’s fantastic. I hope they bring more than 100 a year to the USA.

I am sure they will bring them to California. Like most EVs, they won’t be available in Virginia.

Bro1999 had no problem ordering his Bolt from California and shipping it cross country.

What part of the $800+ shipping was no problem?

There are a bunch of slightly used local Nissan Leafs for sale if $800 is a problem for you and your budget.

Yeah, because this car and the old leaf are the same. Next crazy idea…

$800 is not that bad but it’s true, regular people will hot go through that trouble to buy a car.

Did they have trouble accepting his apocryphal payment or shipping to his apocryphal address?

Isn’t Maryland a sort of secondary EV haven? It is just across the river for you to get one from MD and drive it back to VA.

Maybe it’s time for Virginia to change the laws?

Seriously. Join the ZEV program and then companies will feel a need to send the compliance cars.

First we have to finish fighting the Civil War.

The only way to change the laws is to elect people that support EV’s and renewable energy.

Or the law makers! If they don’t support the future you should throw them out!

Seriously? There are folks who give me a thumbs down for pointing out that there are over 40 plug in cars on the Inside EV Scorecard, and in ten years I have seen dozens of Teslas, Leafs, Volts, a handful of Bolts, a handful of plug in hybrid Fords and plug in hybrid Priuses, and a single plug in Chrysler van. I had to leave the state to see an i-MiEV, and a Smart Fortwo ED. What is it about the truth that makes you angry?

Bad attitudes and snippy comments (unwarranted) usually get a thumbs down – kinda logical I say

“I am sure they will bring them to California. Like most EVs, they won’t be available in Virginia.”

My comment was simply stating a fact. My attitude is positive, but truthful, about EVs. If you find the above comment snippy you are misreading my intent.

It’s crazy how low a bar they set with Ioniq production for this comment to make sense.

If priced right (say, $39,900 base), they could globally sell 100 thousand a year if they made that many.

If I had thought I could dicker $4500 off MSRP for a 2019 64kWh LG BEV like I did my 40kWh Leaf I’d have totally waited for ’em instead of just getting my 2018 Leaf last June.

Tough to put a price value on ~100 more miles of highway range; I wouldn’t pay $10,000 price premium but maybe $5,000, given the higher resale value would make it closer to a wash in the end.

My main hope is that in 6 years after I pay off the 2018 there will be really great BEV alternatives; 2012-2018 hasn’t seen all that much advancement in battery tech or totally cool new BEV cars, alas.

The Kona and Niro EVs are the first options that are mainstream kinda nice.

But what I want is something really sweet, like a Supra or RX-7.

Ioniq production actually has been somewhat decent, it’s just that since they’re shipping it to several global markets and supplying the market in SK, it became a compliance car in the US market.

Not if Trump has his way. He’ll impose tariffs and claim it’s a National Defense problem

Great job Hyundai, nice-ish looking, and good efficiency, and charging, when is it coming to the USA?

Next year but the real question is when and if it is coming in real numbers. Ioniq EV is 233 this year though July and only in SoCal I believe.

why would it be any different than the Ionic? Maybe the margin is better.

Because it doesn’t have the money losing subscription program like the Ioniq.

Buy one used and ship it to your state

It can charge up to around 77 kW only (200A). That requires a charger that can deliver 200A, which a 100kW CCS charger can do.

Thats pretty good… here in the USA on Electrify Americas network this thing will be great… Real world range over 200 miles, exciting. GM better sell off the Bolt inventory quick… this will put some pressure on the Bolt.

Except the new WSDOT EVgo chargers at the LeMay museum are only 50KW. The Eastern Washington, Greenlots chargers are 50KW too.

Have you been following Electrify America, they are working on the NW now… 12 under construction , and 8 more waiting for permits…

I see one proposed install in Everett, but nothing else on that web site.

If this information is accurate, then these chargers output are limited to 50KW.

Highway Fast Charging Infrastructure

Targeting 240 charging sites installed or under development by the end of
Cycle 1 (with 150 Completed)

On prominent interstates and highways
– will have a high correlation with the
EV Charging Corridors (Alternative Fuel Corridors)

Targeting 150kW and 320kW Fast Chargers but will
be capable of charging at
50kW rate

150kW chargers will be installed with an eye toward upgrading to 320kW by
the end of the 4 Cycle

There are 2 in Everett, One on Everett Mall Way 10 chargers, and one on Evergreen Way 4 chargers

Station in Vancouver Wa is all done but paving, All of the stations installed so far have 150-350KW currently. 1 cord 50KW chademo

Here is a comment from a plugshare user in Arkansas

“Open for charging! Security guard said I am first to use them and asked a bunch of questions. I took multiple pictures and I will upload when I get home. There are 4 350KW CCS plugs, 3 150KW CCS plugs, and 1 50KW CHAdeMO plug.”

Then it will still draw the max, which not all EVs to date have been able to do.

It is pretty good. But many, including me, were still a little disappointed by its charging performance. This is largely because Ioniq is known to be capable of taking 70 kW, and with KONAs battery pack being more than twice as large, many of us had dared to hope for at least 100 kW maximum. Hyundai has also said before launch that KONAs charging time to 80% required a 100 kW charger, leading many to conclude that was its maximum rate. You could say that the “54 minutes to 80%” claim is what matters. I would agree, in terms of judging whether Hyundai has said anything misleading. But it is fairly common that charging rates are very low at low SoC, and there are infinitely many “power vs SoC” curves that will all result in a time from 0-80% of 54 minutes. IF the car had charged extremely slowly to 10%, but at 100 kW from 10% to 70% for example, it would be relatively easy to always charge at 100 kW by making sure you don’t let SoC drop below 10% before charging and stopping at maximum 70%. Hence the “best case” or “optimal charging” time depends on the… Read more »

KONA is currently pretty much on par with Tesla in “relevant charging speed” (miles of range gained per hour, rather than kW), even on 50 kW infrastructure.

When the faster CCS chargers arrive, the maximum charging speed for KONA increases by over 40% and a Model X at least simply cannot keep up in a real-world race. Tesla still has a significant edge in terms of infrastructure in the US and on the European continent though. In Norway, however, and perhaps the US and European continent in not too many years, the situation is the reverse.

Check out Tesla-Bjørn’s race between KONA and his Model X “Optimus Prime” here:

By the time this arrives in any numbers, you will be able to order the 2020 Bolt. Hopefully by then GM can find a front seat that is a bit more comfortable and increase the Bolt’s charge rate by a noticeable amount.

Yup Bolt EV should have a mid cycle enhancement by 2020 model year (Late 2019 Launch). Though GM’s federal tax credit would have also expired by this time.

I would bet even money that when the Bolt credit drops to $3750, the TrueCars price goes down by around $2,000. And when it drops to $1875, the real drive away price will drop by another $1,000 approximately. GM is harvesting a little extra profit right now. Gotta pay for that development process somehow.

Exactly how I see it too. GM is just enjoying the gravy train while it lasts.

You think GM is making any profit on the Bolt?

Yeah, a couple thousand on the base and more on the optioned up ones. Look at the components, they aren’t spending that much now that they made that deal with LG. But they aren’t make as large a profit on the Bolt as the are on their ICE vehicles, so they don’t want to cannibalize their own sales.

And most importantly, put ACC on the thing as at least an option.

“This” already arrived. World is larger than the USA.

Yes. And that was a little disappointing. Even so, it still tied with Optimus Prime (Bjørn Nyland’s Model X) in a real-world race. His car has slightly reduced supercharging top-speed because he has supercharged so much, but not nearly enough to compensate for the fact that the KONA was using only 50 kW chargers. In a couple of years, with faster CCS chargers more prevalent, a KONA bought now will definitely beat a Model X bought now in a real-world race.

The reason is the awesome efficiency, which of course has the added side benefit of even lower running costs. It simply needs to charge significantly fewer kWh than a Model X in order to gain the same range, which means its *effective* charging speed (measured in km/h or mph) is nearly on par with Tesla even using 50 kW chargers (where 47-48 kW is the practical maximum; the rated maximum can only be reached at voltages where the SoC is too high for KONA to accept full power from the station).

Video here:

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But just a 7.2kW L2 Charger?????

That’s just fine for in the US you know??

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it’s mid 2018. Tesla had cars charging at 10kW and 20kW L2 since after the Roadster v1.
The rest of the industry is still trying to catch up to that?

I’d like to see a Tesla charge at >20 kW at a level 2 charger.

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Model S and X charge at 10kW by default and 20kW dual chargers.
I never said L2 charge > 20kW where the phuck did you read that?

New S&X charge at 16kW max. The old dual charger setup was prone to fail if used regularly. It is actually one of the things that should be tested when buying a used MS or MX, does the dual charger still work.

The Kona EV has 30A onboard charger. The Model 3 SR has 32A onboard charger and LR has 48A onboard charger.

Most people who own Model X, S have large service panel (200-400 amp) where 100A breaker is no problem. People buying Kona or Model 3 will probably have 100-200 amp service panel. Most people can’t afford to upgrade their service.

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“Most people who own Model X, S have large service panel (200-400 amp) ”


“Most people can’t afford to upgrade their service.”
How did you come up with that? I did a complete rework for $2k when i installed pv in SoCal. Are you suggesting that people that buy these $50K cars can’t afford $2k for the panel upgrade (not that you would need to upgrade it anyway)?

I own a electrical contractor business for years. Service upgrade is very expensive. Your looking at $5000-6000 to upgrade and install a level 2 charger. Good luck finding a Electrician because we are book for months.

Tip: If a Electrician quoted you a high estimate, it means they don’t want to do the work.

Didn’t Tesla discontinue the 22 kW charger, it’s 17 kW max now? In Europe it’s only 11 kW.
The Model 3 has 10 kW charging max, I believe.

Yes. They are all 16.5kW now. The old charger had a reliability problem.

Wrong! Majority of household doesn’t have the spare electrical capacity to provide much more than 5-7 kW of additionnal power.

An overnight charge is convenient for 98% of drivers.

10 hours at 7 kW give you 70 kWh, wich is plentyfull for those 98%.

The 2% left can buy Tesla, I-Pace, Taycan, and charge at whatever they wishes. Some can probably install supercharger at their home.

I don’t care for them anymore they care for me.


Won’t comment on whether I care for you or not, but for 95% of the 98% 2-3 hours of charging at the rate you describe will suffice to keep the car charged and ready for the daily grind. The great thing about a big battery is you can skip a few days if you need to and still go about your business. Then when you find an opportunity to plug in, you top up (never top off unless you’re setting off on a road trip). A 7-10 hour charging session every 3-4 days will do it for most people.

Yup. It makes little difference for me. I live in a condo and expect to have only 3 kW charging opportunities for years to come, until the condo eventually gets around to installing something (I’ve paid for my own installation, but it would not be technically possible for all tenants to do it the way I was allowed to). Still, I wish the manufaturers didn’t penny-pinch in this way. The cost difference for a 3-phase onboard charger is tiny, and 22 kW could thus have been enabled at very little cost – I’d estimate less than $100 per vehicle. In Europe most households have a 3-phase 400V connection to the grid already, and a 22 kW EVSE is (again) not much more expensive than a 7.2 kW one (the difference between a 3.6 kW and 7.2 kW one is much larger, because 32A current is more costly to handle than 3 phases). That said, I also think most people actually live just as well with slow charging at home. With such long range it is easy to generally have a lot in reserve for the unexpected, even when not charging the battery to a high SoC to promote its longevity.… Read more »

Demand is not going to be a problem for the Hyundai Kona EV.

The problem will be the decision to prioritize production and produce enough copies of the Hyundai Kona EV in order to be able to satisfy global demand.

Will Hyundai do that?

Not this side of 2020, that much seems clear.

I really hope the Model 3 ramp-up will convince manufacturers to ramp up their own EV production more rapidly than they have been doing/seem to be planning to.

My optimism about Hyundai/Kia competing in the EV space has turned to cynicism. This will be yet another compliance car sold in very limited quantities in a few states, not including Pennsylvania.

It wouldn’t matter if it had 500 miles range for $30k; I can’t buy it.

Patience Young Grasshopper…

Hyundai takes the time to actually deliver cars worldwide, so the more likely issue will be that it’s just constrained by production so they’ll focus the deliveries to meet the ZEV mandate first.

In a year it should start to become relatively easy to get it second hand. And then easier for every year.

It was the same situation with the Ioniq, for example, in Norway. But it was almost always possible to buy a little-used car and get it virtually on the day. The drawback was you had to pay nearly the same as for a brand new one.

KONA reservations were free in Norway. Unfortunately I was only reading international sites like this one, and didn’t become aware of the reservations in Norway until they’d been open a while. Therefore I had some 5600 people ahead of me in the line. I’ve got a delivery estimate of Q2, 2019 now. It remains to be seen whether that is before or after Tesla’s delivery estimate of “early 2019”. 😀

Hyundai has 15,000 reservation for the Kona in their home country. Your lucky we’re getting more than half, around the world.

“It wouldn’t matter if it had 500 miles range for $30k; I can’t buy it.”
True! Ever since they imposed the travel ban you can’t get out of your state for shopping.

WHy are all of the foreign cars so GUTLESS and still expensive?

What is the appropriate amount of power for a compact CUV in your opinion?

0-60 under 7 seconds, under 6 seconds for anything to be considered even mildly sporty. So the Kona is close to acceptable for a people mover but isn’t close to being sporty.

Did anyone claim it to be sporty?

The point is that it is NOT sporty.
7.6 for 0-62 is pretty lame. It would beat my 2013 Volt but that is a low bar to clear.
0-60 is a stat for a feature that most of us can use and enjoy. We all enjoy flooring it from time to time and feeling the car zip up to highway speeds. Heck, it is even a safety feature, you should be able to merge from a stop to highway speeds at a decent pace.
Top speed? Not so much.

Nobody cares about some fake “sportiness” in CUVs.

It’s good that you’re here to speak on nobody’s behalf.

But why shouldn’t it be sporty?

some years ago 12s to 60 was the average value…. Why do you expect 7s now?

Because minivans and family sedans can do that in 7s range easily these days… Nobody wants to be slower than a minivan.

I’d love to see your list of “domestic, non-expensive, non-gutless” cars. Could you please share?

You had to add the “domestic” to really mess with our selection process, didn’t you? 😉

Time to Charge the battery is 4 hour at 240V?????

for 65kWh????

That is 16.25 kW or more!!! Matching Tesla ? I call that BS.

obviously a mistake – not even the 39 kwh model could charge this fast.

Correction to the mistakes commenters made above:

Tesla’s in general did not charge at 10 or 20 kw in North America. If they could maintain 240 volts at the car, the charge rate would be 9.2 kw or 19.2, and at the Tesla Service Center (200 volts), 8 kw or 16 kw. The Roadster figure also given was wrong, – it could charge (assuming 240 volts could be maintained, 16.8 kw, or at the Service Center, 14 kw).

Modern Teslas charge at 32 (3SR), 48 (3LR, S, X) and 72 amperes (S and X larger batteries). The 80 amp charging scheme is going the way of the dodo bird. The ‘occasional use cords’ were 40 amps with the Roadster and older S, but now have been downsized to 32 amperes for all Teslas.

My Smart charges at 22kW from a L2 AC charger leaving Tesla in the dust. So what?

Which year? The ones I see for sale say 7.2kW.

You can assume the average rate will be very close to the maximum rate of 7.2 kW for L2, so the best 0-100% time achievable is about nine hours.

I’ll probably charge at 10A, 2.2 kW, just like I do today. And I expect that to present me with absolutely zero challenges.

How did Hyundai sell the Kona EV below $40,000 without losing money? By selling 100,000+ gas version to spread the cost.

We know that Tesla can’t do this hence the need to sell higher profit margin Model 3 first.

Why isn’t GM, Ford, and FCA doing the same thing? GM can certainly make Equinox BEV and spread the cost with 200,000+ gasoline version. Ford could have made the Edge BEV and spread the cost with 140,000+ gasoline version.

No vision from the old 3. Our only hope is Tesla.

Tesla is selling at a loss, their books have been in the reds ever since they started. Maybe the profit margins per car are not negative, but their earnings certainly don’t pay for investments, R&D or acquisitions any time soon. For established car companies this is usually not an option.

Why do car companies not produce cars with negative profit margins? Because it makes no sense! Unless there are business reasons like CARB in California or EU fleet emission rules. Or there is a reason to see it as an investment to secure technology or future marker share.

EV technology is just at the brink of mass market breakthrough and established companies are just beginning to pivot. See real world efforts in the planning/making from Porsche, BMW, VW, MB, GM, etc. If you want it to go faster vote with your money (in case you have enough), encourage others to do so, or get your government to accelerate it (see markets like California, Norway, or China which have a truly different dynamic to the rest of the US).

I wholeheartedly agree. I find it incredibly naïve to expect corporations to actually take the common good into any serious consideration when it conflicts with their interest. It isn’t their role. The government, and ultimately the public, is responsible for looking after the public interest.

The problem is in US the government is appointed by big biz so no one is actually looking for the public’s interest.

Why do you think that Hyundai loses money on Kona? They know how to make cars efficiently. Besides, Kona`s price in India is around $28,560 to $35,700.

All the pictures, btw, are from Norway, where the car officially launched. 🙂

Great number. Pretty far shy of the promises made in recent articles – 300 miles plus? Nope.

300+? When did Hyundai claim 300+? They have been advertising 250 miles.