Hyundai’s 200+ Mile Kona EV Spied
The Kona EV’s range is reportedly around 210-240 miles on a charge EPA (~500km/310 miles NEDC), which would be competitive with the Chevy Bolt.
New spy shots provide the first look at Hyundai’s upcoming electric variant of the compact Kona crossover. For the EV, the designers tweak the model’s styling by closing the front grille, and the exhaust is gone since it’s no longer necessary.
The heavy camouflage hides any other design tweaks, but we don’t expect Hyundai to overhaul the Kona’s shape for the EV variant. That’s not a bad thing, though. The Kona is quite a stylish entry in the compact crossover segment. It keeps up with the more adventurous lines like the Toyota C-HR.
Hyundai has already confirmed a few details about the Kona EV’s capabilities. For example, a company executive told us that the model would have a range “over 390 kilometers,” which is 242 miles. With that said, it’s not entirely clear whether that spec is under the more lenient NEDC test, the harsher EPA evaluation…or something in between. For comparison, the Chevrolet Bolt has an EPA range rating of 238 miles (383 km)via a 60 kWh battery.
An apparent leak also suggested that the Kona EV would arrive at dealers in fall 2018 and pointed to a real-world range of 217 miles (349 km) from battery with just over 50 kilowatt-hours. Hyundai will also add hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants to the Kona’s powertrain range later. Whatever the number ends up being, it will be over 200 miles of real-world driving.
Hyundai expects the Kona’s funky styling to be a big success. For example, we are already seeing test mules like the next-gen Santa Fe sharing major cues from the vehicle’s front end, like the split headlights.