It may not be the prettiest new car in Hyundai’s modern lineup, but the Kona Electric is one of the most important. And that’s for an obvious reason: its battery-powered.
The zero-emission powertrain channels 201hp (204PS) and 291lb-ft (395Nm) of torque to the front wheels. Performance specs have yet to be announced, but the manufacturer promises an estimated 250 miles (402km) of range, thanks to the 64kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Fast charging is there
Running out of juice shouldn’t be a major problem if you’re near a fast-charging station, because Hyundai offers a Level II on-board charging system. With this, users plugging in the Kona Electric will see the battery filled up to 80 percent in 54 minutes. Moreover, the company estimates an energy efficiency of 117MPGe, which, on paper, is more impressive than the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model X.
Will you be able to tell it apart from regular Kona models?
Looking at the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric from most angles might fool some into thinking it’s a gasoline-powered version. However, the design of the front bumper around the grille area is what gives it away as a zero-emission vehicle.
Most of the interior remains unchanged, but the electric crossover does get an important addition compared to the rest of the family: a raised center console, with different buttons performing various functions, and a couple of cupholders.
It goes on sale in towards the end of the year
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will go on sale in California in the fourth quarter of the year, likely followed by other states in 2019. Before that, however, visitors at the New York Auto Show will see it live until April 8.