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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Boasts a Big Battery

It’s about 225 miles around the Big Island of Hawaii on the main highway. Most of today’s fully electric cars simply can’t pack enough juice to do the entire loop—starting and ending at Kona, for instance.

The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric should be able to do that in its longer-range version, which, Hyundai has just revealed, has a 64.0-kWh battery pack, larger than that of any other non-Tesla EV. That earns it a driving range of 292 miles in the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)—a result that will likely equate to an EPA-estimated range of 250 miles or more. That would outdo the 236-mile figure that the same procedure cites for the Chevrolet Bolt EV.......(more at Car & Driver)


Good range, plenty of power and ACC for those who feel the need. I like it.

We might see it at the NY auto show.
 

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The Kona merely pretends to be a CUV as it will not be available in the US with AWD.
 

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looks very interesting.I for 1 don't need 4 wd.I want range.
 

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I read that this car was considered evil by some in S Korea...
 

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The interior of the Kona is terribly dated and it's not even available yet.
U-G-L-Y!
 

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If at that price it also came with AWD I think it would be very popular. Chevy should give one of their true AWD SUV's the full BEV treatment with a goal of 275 mile range. Come on GM.....let's get with the program!
 

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The interior of the Kona is terribly dated and it's not even available yet.
U-G-L-Y!
The exterior is mostly not bad. I'm not sure what's up with the giant plastic wheel well surrounds. That seems a bit dated too.



I think I see what you mean. I might get used to it, I'm not sure. But they committed a sin I would have trouble overlooking.....



....Switches next to my drinks, and a lot of them. This shows a lack of practical experience.

Still, this could be the new entry level EV if the price is right. Chevy and especially Nissan should be a little concerned.
 

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No BEV SUV or Pickup is getting my attention unless it offers AWD, ACC and a light duty tow package. Must also have at least 275 mile range and offer DC fast charging. The new Jag I-Pace might work....but the price will end up being in Tesla territory.
 
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