Yesterday, Hyundai issued a press release with an announcement about the upgrades ton the upcoming 2020 model year Hyundai Kona Electric. The document then disappeared from the website, but as it was dated May 8 (which is today), we assume it was simply published one day too early and soon will be re-released. Let's check out the new stuff.
First of all, the new Kona Electric is going to get a new 3-phase 11 kW on-board charger in Europe, which will make it an even better EV. Three-phase charging is one of the most important things to have in Europe, especially if the car is long-range with high battery capacity. It can be used both at public points (usually 11 or 22 kW) or at home where in many countries it's easier to accommodate three-phase 11 kW than single phase 7.4 kW (lower current per phase).
As the Hyundai and Kia brands are part of the same group, there is a chance that we will see 11 kW chargers also in other models.
Other new changes are:
- new connectivity features - Hyundai Blue Link app
- optional new center display touch-screen (10.25-inch)
- optional heated rear seats
Here is part of the press release luckily captured before it was removed: