Hyundai Kona Electric launched

Hyundai has launched its Kona Electric, with a quoted range of almost 300 miles on a single charge quoted for the compact SUV. The pure-electric model will offer a zero-tailpipe emission alternative to the Kona line-up, with two different powertrains on offer.

The Kona Electric is available in long-range and basic versions. The long-range model will use a 64kWh battery to offer a quoted range of 292 miles. Powered by a 204hp electric motor, the Kona Electric will complete the 0-62mph sprint in 7.6 seconds.

The basic version will have a 39kWh battery pack which offers a quoted range of 186 miles, and is powered by a 135hp electric motor. Both models have the same torque figure, with 395 Nm available for the brisk acceleration that is part and parcel of EV performance.

Both range figures are internal figures, based on the WLTP test cycle, which is more accurate than the NEDC. Although still not a 'real-world' figure, this explains the seemingly modest range from what is a large battery pack - when compared to the likes of the Renault Zoe's 250 miles NEDC from a 41kWh battery.

Where an NEDC range of around 300 miles would normally translate to a real-world range of 200-250 miles (depending on conditions), a WLTP range is expected to be closer to the quoted figure. Expect 220-270 miles possible on a single charge - though further details will be available from launch.

Hyundai's second pure-electric vehicle, the Kona EV is set to become one of the most important plug-in models of 2018. A long driving range and accessible price point will challenge the leaders in the mainstream EV marketplace, with statistics better than most rivals can boast.

Hyundai has stated that by 2020, 60% of its product line-up will be available as an eco model, and the Kona Electric is an important part in that plan.

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