New Hyundai Kona Electric On The Way

New electric compact SUV on the way from Hyundai

Hyundai Kona Electric
The 2018 Hyundai Kona Electric

The new Hyundai Kona Electric will have a range of up to 470km

Hyundai has released details of the new Hyundai Kona Electric, “the first fully-electric subcompact SUV on the European market”.

The new Hyundai Kona Electric will be available with two different powertrains. The long-range battery version provides driving range of up to 470 kilometres, with maximum power of 204hp. The system has 395Nm of torque and 0 to 100 kmh is 7.6 seconds.

The more basic version drives up to 300 kilometres on a single charge, with 135hp.

The battery packs will not compromise the cabin space because of the Kona’s new specially designed platform. The Kona EV sits a little higher than the standard Kona and it’s also a small bit longer. The boot is 332 litres, including storage of the charging cable.

Technology on board Kona Electric

The Hyundai Kona Electric has a shift-by-wire operation gear control which enables operation of the car simply by pressing buttons to switch driving modes.

An adjustable regenerative braking system allows the driver to adjust the intensity of the regenerative braking by using the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel. The system recuperates additional energy when possible.

A seven-inch supervision cluster gives information about the car’s driving performance and a head-up display sits in the driver’s direct line of sight.

The Hyundai Kona Electric is equipped with Hyundai’s latest active safety and driving assistance technologies, called SmartSense. Some of the aids include Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Speed Limit Information Function.

The Korean brand already markets the Hyundai Ioniq Electric in Ireland, an-all electric hatchback.

Finally, we don’t know yet when the Hyundai Kona Electric will arrive in Ireland, but check www.hyundai.ie for more information.

Thinking of buying a Kona? Read my review of the Hyundai Kona 1.6 petrol.