What does Alex on Autos have to say about the 2018 Hyundai Kona Electric?

Hopefully, soon enough Alex will do one of his full-fledged in-depth reviews on the new 2019 Kona Electric. It appears to be a small, pure-electric SUV with the potential to garner huge success, but there's not a whole lot of in-depth information available just yet, especially in the U.S.

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Alex notes that the Kona will be the first affordable all-electric SUV available in the U.S. Hyundai took the regular gas-powered Kona subcompact SUV and made a respectable, long-range EV without any loss of features and practicality.

The Kona boasts 250 miles of range, which surpasses that of the Chevrolet Bolt EV (likely its closest competitor) and the all-new Nissan LEAF.

Alex also mistakenly says that it tops the currently produced Tesla Model 3's range due to having a larger battery, but this isn't the case since that car is rated at 310 miles and has a larger pack. However, the current Model 3 is more expensive than the Kona's anticipated U.S. pricing.

Keep in mind that Alex is referring to the top-tier Kona Electric, with its 64 kWh battery pack, which it seems may be the only one available in the U.S. Earlier reports show that the SUV will also be offered in other markets with a smaller (39.2 kWh)  pack. It 64 kWh version will deliver 201-horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. It will earn 117 MPGe and have a liquid cooling system for the battery pack.

Hyundai Kona Electric head-up display

Hyundai Kona Electric head-up display

The Kona offers a large center-console infotainment system and a pop-up-style head-up display. Interior capacity is very similar to that of the Chevy Bolt EV, but cargo room is limited. Alex says the Kona's seats are more comfortable than those in the Bolt. It features a 7.2 kW onboard charger and 100 kW CCS Combo DC fast-charging capability

The Kona will only be sold in California at first and then later opened up to more CARB states. There has been no indication whether or not it will become available nationwide.

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