2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Is Your Sub-$30,000 EV

Hyundai has announced pricing for the 2019 Kona Electric crossover in the United States and the good news is it starts at just under $30,000 when the maximum available federal tax credit is included.

The base price is $36,450, excluding the $1,045 destination and handling charge. Factor in the (still) available federal tax credit of up to $7,500 and you can get a 2019 Kona Electric from $29,995 (including delivery charges).

That is undeniably a tempting price for an all-electric vehicle that delivers a 258-mile (415-km) driving range. The Kona Electric beats competitors such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV (238 miles/383 km) and Nissan Leaf (150 miles/241 km). Furthermore, it offers more than twice the driving range of the Ford Focus Electric (115 miles/185 km) and VW e-Golf (125 miles/201 km).

The 2019 Kona Electric packs a 64-kWh lithium-ion battery with a high density of 141.3 Wh/kg that feeds electricity to an electric motor delivering 201 hp (204 PS) and 291 lb-ft (394 Nm) of torque. Recharging the battery overnight takes 9 hours and 35 minutes using a 7.2 kW Level 2 onboard charger. For a quicker charge, the battery can reach 80-percent capacity in 54 minutes using a Level 3 quick charger.

Hyundai’s first compact electric crossover for the U.S. market rides on an all-new CUV platform and is built in Ulsan, Korea. The 2019 Kona Electric will be available early next year, initially in California and later in the ZEV-focused states in the western and northeastern regions of the United States.

Pricing for other Kona Electric trims will be announced shortly.

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  • Bash

    I’ll take that over the Tesla any day.

    • Mr. EP9

      Elon would like to have a word with you.

      • Bash

        He should take a number lol

  • Mr. EP9

    Really nice. And considering it’s a crossover that’s relatively affordable they shouldn’t have any problems selling this thing…..at least I think so.

  • blunt-o

    Problem with korean cars is their plagiarism and total absence of innovation in anything. But hey, their a/c split systems are the best,

    • bd0007

      These days, other automakers have borrowed design cues from H/K.

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