Hyundai Kona Electric – Everything We Know – Plus Videos Galore


Hyundai Kona Electric Interior

The Kona Electric enters Hyundai into the top EV league, as we think it could be one of the best performing (sales wise) long-range BEVs on the market.

Hyundai Kona Electric

The Hyundai IONIQ Electric is stellar too, but the 28 kWh battery limits its appeal. Small SUVs sell like hot cakes and Kona Electric offers the choice of a 39.2 kWh or a 64 kWh battery. Choice is always welcome.

Short-range Battery / Motor spec:

  • 39.2 kWh battery – 300 km (186 miles) range (WLTP)
  • 99 kW, 395 Nm electric motor (front-wheel drive)
  • 0-62 mph (100 kmh) in 9.3 seconds
  • 104 mph (167 km/h) top speed
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger and 100 kW CCS Combo DC fast charging capability

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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

Hyundai Kona Electric Cluster

We will see the car at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but even in the first batch of images and videos it looks striking and the interior seems especially practical.

Sales should start later this year, so Kona Electric will be competing with the Chevrolet Bolt EV (also Opel Ampera-e), Nissan LEAF and other non-premium, longer-range models.

Beside the strong powertrain spec, Kona Electric should attract consumers through affordable prices and a lot of features. Just look at this list an you’ll see why it’s referred to as “A car of no compromise:”


“The All-New Kona Electric offers several features for maximum on-board comfort, such as the power front seats with 8-way electric adjustment for optimal seating positions for each front passenger. The driver benefits from an additional 2-way electric lumbar support system. Furthermore, the front seats have a 3-step ventilation and 3-step heating system for a convenient drive in different weather conditions. Another convenience feature for cold weather conditions is the optional heated steering wheel.”


“The All-New Kona Electric features Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance technologies, to comply with the highest European safety standards: Cruise Control – Smart Adaptive Speed Control with Stop & Go function, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist,, Blind-Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Driver Attention Warning and Speed Limit Information Function.”

Here is more info on the Kona Electric:

Hyundai Kona Electric spec

Short-range Battery / Motor

Electric motor
Type Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
Maximum Power 99 kW/ 135 PS
Maximum Torque 395 Nm
Maximum speed 104 mph
Type Lithium-ion Polymer
Capacity (kWh) 39,2
On Board Charger
Max. capacity (kW) 7,2 (1-phase)
Charging Time
Charge Time / Standard (AC) Approx. 6hrs 10 min
Charge Time / Quick Charge (DC)(connected to 100 kW DC fast charger) Approx. 54 min up to 80% state of charge
0-to-62 mph acceleration (sec) 9.3
Efficiency (kWh/ 100 km) 14,8
CO2 combined (g/km) 0 g/km
All electric range (WLTP – internal targets) Up to 186 miles

Long-range Battery / Motor (EV)

Electric motor
Type Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
Maximum Power 150 kW/ 204 PS
Maximum Torque 395 Nm
Maximum speed 104 mph
Type Lithium-ion Polymer
Capacity (kWh) 64
On Board Charger
Max. capacity (kW) 7,2 (1-phase)
Charging Time
Charge Time / Standard (AC) Approx. 9hrs 40 min
Charge Time / Quick Charge (DC)(connected to 100 kW DC fast charger) Approx. 54 min up to 80% state of charge
0-to-62 mph acceleration (sec) 7.6
Efficiency (kWh/ 100 km) 15,2
CO2 combined (g/km) 0 g/km
All electric range (WLTP – internal target) Up to 292 miles
Automatic Single Speed Reduction Gear

Brakes (both engines)

Assistance ABS, EPB, ESC and FCA

Dimensions (mm)


Overall length 4,180
Overall width 1,800
Overall height 1,570
Wheelbase 2,600
Front overhang 855
Rear overhang 720


1st Row 2nd Row
Head room 1,006 948
Leg room 1,054 850
Shoulder room 1,410 1,380

Capacities (litres)

Luggage including charging cable storage (l VDA) 332
Luggage without charging cable storage (l VDA) 373

*CO2 emissions and fuel consumption based on internal targets under WLTP regulations.

**Manufacturer’s estimates

Press blast:

A car of no compromise: the all-new Kona Electric

“Hyundai Motor is already leading in future mobility solutions,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “By launching our All-New Kona Electric, we are pushing our ambitious eco car strategy forward. It’s a car of no compromise – combining an SUV body type with electric-mobility. It represents Hyundai’s progressive character. With Hyundai Motor, the future is now!”

Established SUV brand with a progressive mind set

The All-New Kona Electric is the latest addition to the successful family reinforcing the company’s leadership in the eco-car segment. It merges the strengths of SUV with the power of electric powertrains. Hyundai is the first automotive brand in Europe to make a fully-electric subcompact SUV available to everyone. By already offering the broadest range of powertrains, Hyundai is at the forefront of eco-mobility. The company marketed the first mass-produced fuel-cell vehicle, the ix35 Fuel Cell, and recently introduced its successor, the All-New NEXO. Additionally, the IONIQ is the first car available with three different electric powertrains in one body type. Winning several prestigious accolades from media and industry organisations, the IONIQ is one of the most awarded eco-cars in Europe. The success story of Hyundai’s SUV range began 17 years ago with the launch of the Santa Fe. Since 2001 Hyundai has sold more than 1.5 million units of Santa Fe, Grand Santa Fe, Tucson and All-New Kona in Europe. They all carry the dynamic, progressive style of Hyundai and make it an established brand in this still-growing segment.

A car of no compromise

The All-New Kona Electric enables customers to combine the two fastest growing automotive trends – electrification and SUV style and carries the same expressive design and functionality of the regular Kona. The fully-electric version reflects the individual lifestyle of modern customers who benefit from great fun-to-drive and the low environmental impact of a fully-electric car. The completely new platform of the Kona enables a space-saving integration of the battery packs without compromising the roominess.

The power of All-New Kona Electric

The All-New Kona Electric features two different powertrain versions, offering customers one of the most powerful electric motors. The long-range battery version provides driving range of up to 292 miles*, delivering a maximum output of 204 PS (150 kW). With a battery capacity of 39,2 kWh, the basic version drives up to * on a single charge with the motor delivering 135PS (99 kW). With 395 Nm of immediate torque and an acceleration of 7.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, the All-New Kona Electric provides a fun-to-drive experience.

Progressive design

The All-New Kona Electric adopts the expressive-looking and powerful front from the regular Kona. The key design differentiator is the closed grille which gives a clean and stylish appearance, while also enhancing aerodynamics. Another characteristic element of the front design is the Composite Light enhancing the visual impact, with the LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The Kona Electric’s two-tone roof and the choice of seven distinctive exterior colours underline the personal style of its driver.

Electric drive feeling

A special feature of the All-New Kona Electric is the shift-by-wire operation gear control which enables an intuitive operation of the electric powertrain. The adjustable regenerative braking system allows the driver to adjust the intensity of the regenerative braking by using the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel. The system recuperates additional energy when possible. Drivers also benefit from the large seven-inch supervision cluster, which displays key information about the car’s driving performance and, in addition, the combiner head-up display shows relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight.

Connected and caring

The All-New Kona Electric offers a wide range of connectivity features, such as the infotainment system which integrates navigation, media and connectivity features, e.g. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as well as Wireless Charging. The new eco-model in Hyundai’s line-up is equipped with the company’s latest active safety and driving assistance technologies, called SmartSense: Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Speed Limit Information Function.

* based on internal targets under WLTP regulations

02 Design

The All-New Kona Electric is the next SUV in Hyundai’s product line-up which links up with the new SUV family appearance while adding the progressive character to the subcompact SUV segment. With this upcoming electric SUV, Hyundai is taking the next major step towards making advanced technology and modern design accessible to everyone.

Exterior Design

The All-New Kona Electric is characterised by its distinctive high-contrast fender cladding and the muscular surfaces atop a stable, wide stance. The key design elements at the front are the closed grille as well as the Composite Light. They create the car’s progressive appearance with LED daytime running lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. To enhance the progressive SUV look of the front, it features a distinctive lamp bezel and front bumper. Lateral air curtains at the front bumper enhance the aerodynamics by reducing turbulences in the wheel arch area.

The profile of the All-New Kona Electric reflects an eye-catching and agile character. The sleek profile with short rear overhangs and wing-type bumpers underline the forward motion of the car. The roof rack enhances the sleek roof line and supports the active lifestyle of customers, for example by mounting a roof carrier. To further enhance the refined character, the All-New Kona Electric features silver side sills, adding a slightly elegant touch to the sporty SUV.

The design theme of the front is picked up at the rear with the rear bumper and a lamp bezel on the slim LED rear lights. Wrap-around claddings with integrated indicator and reversing lights additionally emphasise the progressive design of the All-New Kona Electric. The rear spoiler features an integrated LED brake light. With the width of 1,800 mm and low stance of 1,570 mm (+20 mm compared with the regular Kona), the All-New Kona Electric has a bold appearance on the road, further enhanced by the dedicated 17’’ alloy wheels. The car’s stance is further supported by its length of 4,180 mm (+15 mm compared with the regular Kona) and a wheelbase of 2,600 mm.

The All-New Kona Electric is available with a two-tone roof, offering a wide variety of individual choices to match the customer’s style. Seven exterior colours in total can be combined with three roof colours for a total of 21 stylings. The roof and exterior mirrors can be chosen in Phantom Black, Dark Knight and Chalk White. The exterior colours are available in Chalk White, Dark Knight, Tangerine Comet, Ceramic Blue, Pulse Red, Acid Yellow and All-New Galactic Grey.

Interior Design

For the interior, customers can choose Black, available in woven, a combination of cloth and leather or pure leather. As an option, there is the three-tone Blue and Grey interior colour available with cloth and leather or leather.

Most prominent is the dedicated centre console in the All-New Kona Electric, which combines all the buttons to facilitate operation of the car intuitively with the shift-by-wire gear control. An extra storage space for personal items can be found underneath the centre console.

The new high-resolution seven-inch supervision cluster displays the different gauges, such as the speedometer, battery charge level, energy flow and driving mode to the driver. Depending on the selected drive mode, background colour and gauges are adapted to always provide the most important and useful information. In addition, the head-up display (HUD) projects the relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight. This allows faster processing of information while keeping attention on the road ahead.

With a projected image size of eight inches at two metres distance and a luminance of more than 10,000 candela per square metre, the new head-up display guarantees optimal visibility in different light conditions. The angle and height of the head-up display can be adjusted to ensure ideal visibility for individual needs. Once activated via the button beside the steering wheel, the HUD deploys vertically and disappears into the dashboard when not in use. While driving, the HUD supports safe driving by displaying information, such as speed, navigation commands and fuel level as well as safety-related warnings from assistance systems, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Speed Limit Information Function and Driver Attention Warning. Information about the audio mode and radio are also projected.

The All-New Kona Electric offers several features for maximum on-board comfort, such as the power front seats with 8-way electric adjustment for optimal seating positions for each front passenger. The driver benefits from an additional 2-way electric lumbar support system. Furthermore, the front seats have a 3-step ventilation and 3-step heating system for a convenient drive in different weather conditions. Another convenience feature for cold weather conditions is the optional heated steering wheel.

Plenty of space is offered to both passengers and luggage. The legroom in the first row is 1,054 mm, while passengers in the back seat benefit from 850 mm of legroom. The headroom accounts for 1,006 mm in the front and 948 mm in the rear. Luggage space totalling 332 l, including storage of the charging cable (373 l without), offers generous roominess, making it suitable for everyday needs.

03 Driving performance

Driving the All-New Kona Electric is an uncompromising statement about a clean mobility – an objective Hyundai is highly committed to – by remaining true to oneself through driving a stylish, bold SUV. The choice of two different powertrains again strengthens the uncompromising character of the car.

Hyundai decided to use a lithium-ion polymer battery pack for the All-New Kona Electric instead of conventional nickel-metal hydrid batteries. This provides lower memory sensitivity and excellent charge and discharge efficiency, along with outstanding maximum output.


The All-New Electric offers pure e-mobility with two different powertrains. The long-range version with the 64 kWh battery provides an electric range of up to 292 miles and an energy consumption of 15.2 kWh/100 km (internal target under WLTP regulations). The electric motor delivers an output of 150 kW, accelerating the All-New Kona Electric to 100 kph in impressive 7.6 seconds.

With a battery capacity of 39,2 kWh, the basic version drives you up to 186 miles on a single charge with the motor delivering 99 kW and an energy consumption as low as 14.8 kWh/100 km (internal target under WLTP regulations).

Both powertrain versions deliver 395 Nm of immediate torque, offering the driver of Kona Electric great fun-to-drive, having the full power available from the first second, providing a maximum speed of 167 km/h.

The shift-by-wire gear control system enables operation of the car simply by pressing buttons to switch driving modes. It also eliminates the routing space required for housing the mechanical linkages between a normal shifter and the transmission, providing additional storage space in the front of the car.

The fully-electric subcompact SUV made by Hyundai also features an electronic parking brake (EPB) at the command of the driver’s fingertips. Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80% only takes about 54 minutes using a 100 kW direct current (DC) fast charger. With the 7,2 kW on-board-charger, charging with alternating current (AC) takes 9 hours 40 minutes for the long-range battery pack and 6 hours 10 minutes for the shorter-range battery pack. Drivers also have the option of charging their car at a compatible regular household power socket using the ICCB-cable (in-cable control box). The charging port is located in the vehicle’s front next to the Hyundai logo.

04 Connected and Caring

To suit customer’s varied lifestyles, the All-New Kona Electric contains advanced connectivity and navigation features. To enhance seamless integration of the driver’s smartphone, making operation more intuitive and safe while driving, the car is equipped with the Display Audio system, which is available with Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth connectivity. This way, users can control their music, telephone or navigation functions on the seven-inch capacitive colour LCD touchscreen, while remaining focused on the road. The Display Audio system also includes a rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines. Additionally, the seven-inch information screen is located in the centre of the instrument cluster between the two dials – a standard for Kona Electric. Customers also have the option to choose the eight-inch navigation system, offering the same connectivity features with Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth. In addition, it includes a free seven-year subscription to LIVE services, offering updated information in real time about weather, traffic and speed cameras (where legally allowed), plus online searches for points of interest. The navigation system also features 3D maps and Hyundai’s unique Lifetime MapcareTM** with free annual map and software updates included. To enhance vehicle operation, the system includes a rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines.

**Lifetime MapCare™ is the commercial term for Hyundai’s subscription to the MapCare™ programme, with which annual map updates are assured for eligible Hyundai vehicles for a minimum period of ten years after the model’s end of production.

Wireless inductive charging

To ensure that occupants’ phones are always charged, the All-New Kona Electric also provides a wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones. The phone’s charging status is visualised with a small indicator lamp above. To ensure that the phone will not be forgotten inside the car, the central display in the instrument cluster shows a reminder when switching off the car.

For further connection of devices, the All-New Kona Electric comes standard with a USB port and an AUX jack.

High-end sound system by Krell

Today’s customers like to listen to their favourite soundtrack in their car, for this reason the All-New Kona Electric offers a high-end sound system by audio manufacturer Krell, featuring eight speakers including two 20 mm tweeters, four 160 mm woofer speakers, one 100 mm centre speaker and a 200 mm subwoofer speaker. The eight-channel amplifier delivers 45 W per channel to maximise the audio experience inside the car.

Hyundai SmartSense: Highest level of active safety

The All-New Kona Electric features Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance technologies, to comply with the highest European safety standards: Cruise Control – Smart Adaptive Speed Control with Stop & Go function, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist,, Blind-Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Driver Attention Warning and Speed Limit Information Function.

Cruise Control – Smart Adaptive Speed Control with Stop & Go

Using front radar sensors, Smart Adaptive Speed Control with Stop & Go keeps a constant speed and distance from the vehicle ahead by automatically accelerating and braking. If traffic comes to a halt, the Stop & Go system applies the brake until the car comes to a standstill and accelerates to the desired speed as soon as the road is clear. If the vehicle stops for longer than three seconds, the driver has to activate the system again with the steering wheel controls or by briefly pressing the accelerator pedal. The system operates from 0 to 180 km/h.

Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

The All-New Kona Electric is fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, braking automatically if required. Using front radar and camera sensors, AEB operates in three stages. Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it controls the brake according to the collision danger level, and applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage when a collision is unavoidable. The system is activated when a vehicle or pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, operating at speeds of 8 km/h or above.

Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS)

The Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keeping Assist alerts the driver in unsafe movements at over 60 km/h by sensing the car’s position. The Lane Departure Warning System sounds an alarm before the car moves over white, grey and blue lines as well as cats eyes on the road, while the Lane Keep Assist warns the driver acoustically and visually before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position.

Lane Following Assist (LFA)

The system assists the driver to keep the centre of the lane by controlling the steering. It works from a standstill up to speeds of 150 kilometres per hour on both highways and inter-urban roads.

Blind-Spot Detection (BSD)

Also using radar, the Blind-Spot Detection (BCD) monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. If the driver then activates the indicators, an audible signal is emitted. This also applies to lane change situations in which a vehicle is detected.

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

Using the rear corner radar, the Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility. Using radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle for approaching cross traffic, RCCW alerts the driver visually and audibly.

Driver Attention Warning (DAW)

The Driver Attention Warning (DAW) raises safety and convenience to an entirely new level by continuously monitoring and analysing driving patterns through data inputs, such as the steering angle, steering torque and vehicle position in the traffic lane. When a pattern of fatigue/distraction is identified, DAW gets the driver’s attention with an audible alert and pop-up message suggesting a break.

Speed Limit Information Function

The Speed Limit Information Function uses the front camera and information from the navigation system to identify road speed signs and displays the speed limit in real time. The information is displayed in both the navigation system display and the TFT cluster.

High Beam Assist

The headlamps are available with state-of-the-art LED technology, pairing daylight-like illumination with a long lifetime and significantly lower energy consumption than halogen lights. When switched to automatic mode, High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night, and changes to low-beam as appropriate, reducing blinding effects on other drivers. Whenever there are no vehicles detected, the system automatically reactivates the high beam. The static cornering lights turns additional cornering lamps on and off according to the vehicle speed and steering angle.

Highest Passive Safety

The All-New Kona Electric benefits from superior rigidity through the application of high strength steel, high impact energy absorption and minimised distortion, in order to protect passengers in the event of a collision.

Thanks to an enlarged area for the appliance of hot stamping and a ring-shaped cabin shell structure with ultra-high-strength steel, the safety zone has been enlarged for top crashworthiness. The multiload-pass structure of the cabin disperses energy in various directions in the event of a collision and reduces the impact.

Around the interior of the Kona Electric a total of six airbags are installed (two front airbags, two side airbags and two curtain airbags from first to second row, protecting both driver and passengers).

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53 responses to "Hyundai Kona Electric – Everything We Know – Plus Videos Galore"
  1. WARREN says:

    Wow.Hyundai is serious.Getting interesting

    1. GeorgeS says:

      yes definitely interesting. Unfortunately it’s a small car–same wheelbase as the bolt and just a tad wider…..faster charging though….but definitely a good choice for someone not wanting to pay Tesla prices

      1. Assaf says:

        Unfortunate only for American consumers and their bloated taste for car size.

        Yes, it’s similar-sized to Bolt, even a wee bit narrower and lower.

        But – – – unlike GM which commissioned a brilliant Korean design, then attempts to deploy it mostly in the US – – – the vast majority of Hyundai sales are in other countries:

        – ~3x more in China than in US
        – ~3-6x more in Europe/Med region than in US
        – ~2x more in India (although it’ll probably a while before Hyundai BEVs get made there, or maybe they’ll start with something more modest)
        – And of course the domestic Korean market, which has the purchasing power, is discovering an appetite for EVs and will likely overtake the US this year in terms of EV market share. Hyundai sells >2x as many vehicles back home than in the US.


      2. RAV4 EV says:

        I was thinking it is a compact car when I saw the picture. Not sure if we could fit a stroller in there. Forget about taking it to the kids weekend sports event. Could not fit their gear in there.

        I bet Ford does the same thing with their upcoming 300mi SUV. They won’t give us the Escape but will offer a C-Max size with no cargo.

        Looks like I will keep driving my RAV4 EV for the next 3-5 years.

  2. stimpy says:

    1. Why are they so slow? Especially the “short range” one. That acceleration is Prius-like!

    2. Why are they FWD? Unlike gas cars, EVs cost the same whether FWD or RWD and the latter is far more pleasant to drive. I don’t buy the weather excuse. Gas cars changed to FWD because of *cost* and many parts of the world do not see snow or ice anyway.

    1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      FWD is better than RWD in snow for real life driving. AWD would add extra cost that may be not worth for many.

      It isn’t neither track race car nor riceboy show car, but transportation appliance [TM] for real people to get to work, school, vacation destination, etc. 0-62 or towing capability is almost irrelevant.

      1. Miggy says:

        In the Hyundai Kona Petrol range you do have a option of FWD or AWD so hopefully this option may flow to the Hyundai Kona Electric.
        This car will affect GM Bolt sales.

      2. Assaf says:

        0-100kph in 7.5-9 secs is sooooooooooooo not “prius-like”
        Prius is just barely, with its fastest trims, approaching 10 secs from above.

        Besides, I presume that >95% of car buyers (and >99% of car buyers not suffering from the “Y Chromosome Syndrome”) couldn’t care squat about 0-60 times as long as the car is strong enough and safe enough to get them where they want.

        1. Stimpy says:

          The standard Kona 0-60 is 9.3s.

          2016 Prius: 9.6s
          2017 Prius Prime: 10.1s

          That is dangerously SLOW.

          1. Assaf says:

            “That is dangerously SLOW.”


            Also, 0-100kph would yield ~5% longer time than 0-60mph for EVs (which accelerate rapidly at first, but then less so). So add 5% to the Prius 0-60 times to match 0-100.

          2. Why would those numbers be ‘Dangerous?’ Who joins high volume Freeway traffic, from a stand still?

            30-70 Mph Specs would be more useful than 0-60 for most real world, non track, applications!

            How many ramps and merge lanes are so short where you are, that Priuses can’t merge?

            1. Just_chris says:

              I agree with you completely. A heavy loaded commercial vehicle will have 0 -60 speed in the 15-20 sec range, they still use the roads. If you look up the cars in the USA that have the most deaths per passenger mile it is pickup trucks (which have poor stopping distances) and sports cars (in particular Nissan Z cars). Small cars and “slow” cars never even enter the top 10.

              As for why this car is FWD not RWD, that is everything to do with the re-gen braking and nothing to do with anything else. It is far easier to engineer a car that brakes from the front that from the back. The i3 and the Tesla can do it but I suspect they have put a lot of effort into controlling the car when re-gen kicks in, especially on tight bends.

              The biggest and most important feature on this car is going to be the price – $60k+ and it’ll sell like the ELR, sub-$30k (entry model 40 kWh) and it’ll sell incredibly well. My feeling is it will come in at around $35k for 40 kWh and $40k+ for the 60 kWh. It” compete but probably not dominate.

          3. ziv says:

            9.3 is painfully slow, but the short answer is, if you like spirited cars, get the long range version. 7.6 seconds is ok, albeit not great. Considering how inexpensive it is to improve the power on a BEV, it is too bad that the designers haven’t figured out a way to include more powerful motors without compromising the pack life expectancy. Or maybe they just want to punish the entry level buyer the way Chevy punishes the people that buy their base model cars.

    2. Lawrence says:

      My first thoughts exactly. Definitely underpowered and has compromised too much to keep the price down.

      1. Prsnep says:

        What has it compromised specifically? Most people don’t need AWD ad 0-60 time of 9.3 seconds is more than sufficient.

        I timed myself to see how long it would take for me to go from roughly 30 mph to 60 mph while merging into the highway. It was 12 seconds. And it felt quite normal; this is how most highway merges typically go. People who say that 0-60 times have to be below 8 seconds mark for the car to be safe are smoking something.

        1. SparkEV says:

          If you drive a snail, 12 seconds to merge may seem fine to you. But most people merge quicker than that. One may not always wish to get to 60 MPH in 2.4 seconds, but there are times when that will be helpful. But if you’ve always driven a snail, you’d never know.

          It’s like trying to convince people about the convenience of charging at home. Until one experience it in person, it’s impossible to appreciate fully.

          1. Brian D says:

            I’ve owned 2 x RWD sports cars with over 400 hp, 6 speed manuals, and 0 to 60 times under 5 seconds.

            My 2014 Volt with a published 0 to 60 of 8.8 feels completely fine merging onto the highway. I’ve never felt unsafe, and I rarely use full “throttle”.

            0 to 60 in about 9 seconds is fine when combined with the instant torque of an electric. If this was a slushbox 4 cylinder that needed to build RPMs before it got moving, that would be different.

            1. Assaf says:

              Don’t. Feed. the. Y. Chromosome. Syndrome.
              Appealing to reason is futile 🙂

              1. Assaf says:

                LoL, it doesn’t occur to them that in fact it *is* possible to get on the highway by other means than “flooring it” and cutting right in front of the most far-out-front car they can overtake while on the ramp.

                Been there. Done that, as well as the opposite, as well as in the middle.

                The biggest historical factor reducing highway fatalities, might have been not seatbelts or other gadgets, but the mass entry of women into the driving population 🙂

                Nuff said

              2. Stimpy says:

                You can keep saying that but it’s well known that keeping up with the flow of traffic is the SAFE approach.

                1. Assaf says:

                  Yup, because after 34 years of accident-free driving (dang it, I hope I’m not jynxing here)…

                  …exactly what I need on a Friday afternoon is some mansplainin’ about SAFE driving by the world-famous Stimpy 🙂

                  The Y, it hurts.

        2. Lawrence says:

          Maybe where you live it’s okay. I live in Southern California and with my eGolf (9.1 sec 0-60), I was flooring it on the onramp to get the car and free flowing traffic still had to slow for me to merge.

          You could drive like one of those people who think that everyone has to slowdown for me, but that is not quite the same as merging effortlessly. 12 seconds for 30 to 60 with cars zipping by at 65-70mph is holding up traffic or forcing people to change lanes.

          1. lichh says:

            I merge just fine with my 18 year old Nissan Almera. And it takes me perfectly fine from A to B. These 0-100km/h “requirements” are just pure horse sh**, meant only for show-off, and have nothing to do with actual day to day driving that majority of people do.

    3. theflew says:

      FWD is better than RWD in most conditions. RWD wins if your trying to accelerate hard.

      1. Stimpy says:

        Disagree. I find RWD better than FWD in all situations other than inclement weather (which I choose to completely solve with snow tires).

        1. Patrick says:

          The superior Rearwhell drive is a marketing lie from Manufacturers who where unable to make FWD.

          1. Stimpy says:

            Yeah this is why race cars are all FWD–oh wait!

            1. Djoni says:

              This is an idiot comment.
              Race car are for racing. Public road are for everybody.
              Just buy a race car and leave your comment for the track,

    4. SparkEV says:

      Looking at the specs, it seems short range was trying to compete against old Leaf. Longer range may be to compete against SparkEV in acceleration, but falls short. But we shall see how they price the thing. If lower than Leaf, it could do some damage to Leaf.

    5. JoeS. says:

      FWD also means that a higher regen can be applied than RWD. Once experienced, single-pedal driving becomes a must-have EV feature.

  3. Live in Europe says:

    Tesla contender?

  4. Pinewold says:

    Why is spokesperson out of central casting for scary sci-fi future ad? Blade runner here we come!

  5. Jodie says:

    This is an excellent preview of the platform that will probably be used for the Kia Niro EV. Would like to know more about the climate system, heat pump?, and temp management of the battery.

  6. Ken says:

    It doesn’t matter how wonderful the car might be if they don’t sell them. They have a strong track record of selling almost no EVs in North America – 50 per month doesn’t count as being available.

    1. Alan says:

      Production target this year for Kona is 18,600 units, 50% for it’s home market which leaves a whopping 9,300 units for the rest of the planet !

      1. Tom says:

        Crazy talk. I mean how dare the Koreans sell their car in Korea! And don’t get me started on VW selling stuff in Europe! I mean if they are just rolling out stuff and are supply limited for awhile, they should sell it the furthest away, slowest, and least profit possible by exporting everything!

        1. Alan says:

          You would make a great limbo dancer !

      2. OK. 250-350 per week, and people are whining Tesla is only at about 855 Model 3’s per week! (I think Tesla is above that, but that was a number about what I read so recently!)

    2. theflew says:

      This… Let’s be honest I doubt Hyundai has the batteries available to produce enough. GM probably has first rights to the supply given LG and GM have been partners since at least 2011. After GM hits 200k EV’s it’s in their best interest to accelerate EV development and sales.

  7. EngravEER says:

    Wow! Looks awesome! My biggest initial question after reading through this is the battery thermal management… active or passive? Fingers crossed for the former.

    1. Me says:

      They should put that in specs. Important information.

  8. F150 Brian says:

    Size wise, this think is nearly identical to the Bolt (about an inch wider).

    AWD will be a major differentiator, as well as more mainstream styling.

    The only real question is how many will they build / ship to NA

    1. VazzedUp says:

      No AWD 🙁 makes it less appealing for our mountain bound family.

    2. theflew says:

      I think the Kona EV has some compromises because it’s a shared platform. Even though it’s almost the exact same size as the Bolt the Bolt has more passenger space and a lot more cargo space. For passenger space the Bolt has more headroom and legroom – front and rear. So if the Buick’s EV is supposedly on a longer wheelbase it’s going to be quite a bit larger than the Kona EV.

    3. Brian D says:

      Same size as Bolt EXCEPT 24% less cargo capacity with rear seats in place.

  9. Lou Grinzo says:

    This option has definitely made it to my short list of possible replacements for my 2013 Leaf. But as others have pointed out, the actual availability of the vehicle (I live in Upstate NY) is a mystery.

  10. Car is too small for my family – less leg room in rear then Bolt, and even smaller trunk! (How is that possible?!)

    We also want AWD and about 8″ clearance. Hoping the e-tron is better. Really just want an electric replacement for our 2011 Forester… apparently this is too much to ask!

    1. Nate says:


      This trend in the industry toward less capable vehicles is annoying. I do not feel I need awd but it seems like Foresters and Outbacks 20 years ago had a lot more capability per dollar that what passes for a “utility” vehicle today.

  11. jtc_LA says:

    I don’t understand the 54 minutes to get to 80% charge using 100 kW chargers. 80% of 65 kWh is only 51 kWh, even with tapering, shouldn’t a it get there in 35-40 minutes using a 100 kW charger. What am I missing?

    1. Likely depends at what S.O.C. that the taper off is beginning at, and the rate of taper off.

  12. Nate says:

    The new compact CUVs tend to be all about style but not much sport or utility. Evidently a lit of people like that.

  13. Tom says:

    So does it have resistive heating or heat pump? Are the batteries temperature controlled, and if so to within what high and low temperatures?
    Does the car need to be plugged in and charging for the battery heaters to work as in the Bolt, so your batteries sit at full charge for a long time just to keep the battery warm in winter if the car isn’t driven that much?
    Can you select to charge to only 80% to avoid the above problem?
    Would be nice if they gave such info important to battery cycle life and range.

  14. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Congratulations to Hyundai! If everything is as good as they are claiming, then they should have a serious contender there.

    But as always, the most important questions are: Just how many do they plan to make, and will they actively sell the car? Here’s hoping they make a lot more than they are making of the Ioniq Electric!

    Hyundai won’t be restricting sales to mostly just the USA, as Chevrolet is with the Bolt EV, so this car has some real potential as a best-selling plug-in EV. On the other hand, Hyundai doesn’t have its own battery supply, so we may see production as restricted as it is for the Bolt EV.

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