Hyundai Kona Electric confirmed for 2018

Hyundai Kona exterior

 

It looks like this new Hyundai will be a very successful electric car.

 

Yesterday Hyundai officially presented the all new Kona compact SUV and it looks like the electric version will be a direct competitor to the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Opel Ampera-e. Let’s see why.

 

Hyundai Kona Electric

 

Length: 4.165 mm

Width: 1.800 mm

Height: 1.500 mm

Range: 390 km (242 miles) – South Korean test cycle is very similar to the one EPA uses in the USA.

 

Chevrolet Bolt EV – Opel Ampera-e

 

Length: 4.166 mm

Width: 1.765 mm

Height: 1.595 mm

Range: 383 km (238 miles) – South Korean test cycle is very similar to the one EPA uses in the USA.

 

In my opinion, until the Hyundai Kona Electric arrives next year, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is left without direct alternatives, since other electric cars available have very different range, price or dimensions.

 

Hyundai Kona interior with heads-up display (HUD)

 

Given that both electric cars have very similar dimensions and range, I won’t be surprised if they share the same battery pack from LG Chem.

I’m curious to see what novelties will the 2018 model year bring to Chevrolet Bolt EV and if GM will increase production considerably, not only for the USA, but also for the rest of the world – especially now that Opel was sold to the PSA Group.

 

What do you think?

 

 

More info:

https://www.hyundai.news/eu/press-kits/the-all-new-hyundai-kona-technical-specifications/

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170613000861

Pedro Lima

More than natural resources, are wasted human resources that bothers me the most. That’s why I’m a strong advocate of a society based on cooperation, not competition, that helps every individual to reach his full potential so that he can contribute back to society. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”.

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10 Responses

  1. sapcmc says:

    I think they need to hire new marketing assistants. Kona is a very bad choice. For the nordic countries kona means wife so it is a kinda sexist name specially in societies that praise equality of gender and opportunities.

    In portuguese it is a slang word for vagina so here will be named kauai but everyone now calls it cona …

    Another failure as Mitsubishi had with the pajero back in the old days but in this time and age of social networks this is basically halfway to a campaign disaster…

    • Pedro Lima says:

      Yes, they could have done a little research before coming up with this name.

      Nevertheless, I think that the awkward name won’t stop this great electric car from being successful.

    • JF Laplante says:

      Don’t worry, they’re not alone. In French, “etron” as in Audi Etron means fecal matter…

    • John says:

      I live in Finland and for me Kona means the Kona mountain bike brand 🙂 I guess it’s a place in Hawaii.

  2. Marcel Guldemond says:

    I hope it does well, but for me the Kona looks too short and probably has really limited cargo space. However I am excited about it because it indicates that the Ioniq and the Niro, which do have good cargo space, might have longer range options soon. Assuming Hyundai/Kia reuse their technology across their vehicles.

    Hopefully this increase in battery and range doesn’t make the vehicles much more expensive, and hopefully LG Chem can keep up with the demand.

  3. Any word on a 4WD of this? I think it is a bit too small for the nordics, but a 4WD option might be welcomed.

    • Pedro Lima says:

      There is a 4WD version available in the gasoline variant and it’s very probable to be also available in the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. However I don’t know if the all electric version will have it, I hope it will.

  4. Jonas Jovial says:

    I can’t see how can a car that will only exist on the paper, like the Ioniq can ever be a success. we are in the middle of 2017 and so far no Ioniq EV even appears on the webpage on the Portuguese site. Only the words briefly are there for more than a year…

    Yes, the Europe is not only Portugal, but the sales on the rest of the Europe and world are just ridiculous…

    • Weilhartner Stefan says:

      did not know that. on the austian homepage it seems to be available.
      on autoscout.de i found 264 hits starting around 27k€ for a new one which i think is a fantastic price for such a car.
      so buy it from germany or some other country.

  5. Olivier says:

    Looking good, hopefully will turn out big enough for the missus to consider

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