The new 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Vehicle may be a little fashionably late to the subcompact CUV party- but arrives drawing a lot of attention. For a start it kills any inkling of range anxiety once and for all — with its all-electric range of 415 kilometres it’s theoretically possible that you may need to recharge the battery just once a week. Under ideal driving conditions with lots of regenerative braking, close to 500 kilometres would be tantalizingly close. The Kona EV is a pure electric vehicle- not a hybrid. There is charging port and that’s it. No gas to worry about forever! The Kona Electric is powered by a 150kW electric motor with a single speed Shift by Wire transmission and a 64-kWh lithium-ion battery — that takes about 9.5 hours to fully recharge using a 220-volt outlet. There is 201 horsepower and, an impressive 291 lb.-ft. of torque that allows the Kona to accelerate very quickly.
The Kona look really cool, with its neat smart design. And Equipment levels are excellent across the board. The full-load, no-options needed, ultimate model offers ($51,999) also adds leather seats which are cooled up front, an 8-inch display screen, an Infiniti audio system and more. Interior wise, the Kona’s cabin offers a smart nicely crafted look. No gloomy black cabin here, Instead the interior is light colored with nice metal trim. With enough room for four adults or five at push, there are comfortable seats and good visibility. Everything looks well finished, durable, and well put together. On the road, The Kona EVs performance is impressive, peak torque is available instantly, with a 0- to 100 km/h sprint time of 7.9 seconds. That’s superb performance for an electric car at this price point. To sum up, Hyundai delivers a very creditable CUV that offer the excellent advantage of an all- electric car without the range anxiety, with its 400 plus range. It fun to drive, is fasts as a unique look to it and all the technology buyers expect. The Kona is affordable as far as electric cars go and is also eligible for provincial land federal incentives. Demand is expected to go through the roof for this car so get in there quick!
2019 Hyundai Kona EV Priced from $44, 999 – $51,999)
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