Hoy estamos en el Salón del Automóvil de Ginebra...y lo primero que nos encontramos es este simpático cartel de Hyundai. "Tu turno, Elon" ? pic.twitter.com/SM9AqPVpch
— ForoCochesEléctricos (@foroelectricos) March 6, 2018
Concurrent with the debut of the Hyundai Kona Electric in Geneva, the South Korean automaker gently nudged Tesla's CEO Elon Musk.
The long-range Kona Electric will become the first semi-affordable pure-electric crossover (compact SUV, according to Hyundai) to go on sale.
Tesla Model Y Rendered
It's specs are impressive:
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
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
Back to the nudge made by Hyundai.
The automaker is calling upon Elon to get the Tesla Model Y to market as soon as possible. The Y would indeed be a competitor to the Kona Electric. The Y, based on the Model 3 platform, is expected to boast very similar specs to that of the current 3, so 300+ miles of range and a starting price tag below $50,000.
The Kona Electric is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in the first half of 2019, carrying a base price of just under $40,000. It will be offered with only one battery option in the U.S., the larger 64-kWh one.