More details on the Hyundai Kona Electric

More details on the Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai Kona Electric front by Auto Bild

The German auto magazine Auto Bild now gives us exiting details about the new compact electric SUV from Hyundai.

This upcoming electric car is expected to arrive in the fall of 2018 with an estimated NEDC range of 500 km (311 miles), which translates to 350 km (217 miles) in the real world – provided by a battery capacity bigger than 50 kWh. The starting price of 35.000 € also makes this electric car very compelling. It will probably be the most efficient SUV in the world and will definitely be well positioned at the Electric car range and efficiency (EPA) section.

Considering that a 50 kWh battery would give the very efficient Hyundai IONIQ Electric an EPA range of 356 km (221 miles), an EPA range of 200-210 miles would be reasonable for a less aerodynamic car such as the Hyundai Kona Electric. What do you think?


Hyundai Kona Electric side by Auto Bild


The Hyundai-Kia Group embracing electric cars is the best news we got for a while. These two South Korean automakers sell cars with great value for the money. In fact they are my favorite traditional automakers.

However, as an European, I feel sad to see German automakers busy with weekly press releases delaying the electric car revolution for 2020 and beyond.

As I wrote in a previous article, next year will mark the beginning of the confront between two major automaker groups in the affordable electric car segment. They are the Hyundai-Kia Group and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Tesla in the other hand will start to dominate the premium car segment with the Model 3, which in my opinion will not compete with other electric cars, instead it will be a popular alternative to premium ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars. BMW knows it well and already uses Tesla as an example to show and prepare workers for a brave new world


As a side note, the plug-in hybrid version of the Kia Niro already had its first production units delivered to South Korean customers. The much awaited electric version will come next year.

To sum up, next year will bring new exciting electric cars from the Hyundai-Kia Group, such as the Kia Niro EV, Kia Stonic EV, Hyundai Kona Electric and the Hyundai IONIQ Electric improved with bigger battery capacity and more range. There’s no stopping electric cars now.


What do you think? Are you optimistic about the foreseeable future?



More info:

Hyundai Kona Electric + 50 kWh battery 😮 500 km range / real life range ~ 350 km Slated for fall 2018Starting price: 35k Everything according to the Autobild 26th May 2017 😉 .

ELECTRIC CARS World News paylaştı: 26 Mayıs 2017 Cuma

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3 years ago

“However, as an European, I feel sad to see German automakers busy with weekly press releases delaying the electric car revolution for 2020 and beyond.”

I always come back to your site as you have good info and insights but comments like this are somewhere between laughable and annoying as an American of course…

Hyundai and Kia have sold only a tiny tiny very tiny fraction of BEVs (wont even begin to count plugin hybrids) that VW and BMW have sold like the eGolf and i3…
The Hyundais and Kias dont even have better range yet you slander the German companies for not having enoug range and slander them for having a press release for cars that over a year away from production and then you praise Hyundai and Kia for having a low range BEV and a press release for a car over a year away…
Grow up…

3 years ago
Reply to  Nada

Let me explain, why I as an European, am more disappointed with German automakers.

In Europe there are many countries, however we share some values, such as respect for the environment (high taxes for fossil fuels, not subsidies), solidarity (health care is a right, not something to profit) and we don’t deny Science (human-caused global warming for example).

These are some reasons why most Europeans, especially after the diesel scandal, don’t accept the fact that Volkswagen keeps denying reality, while hurting our environment and health. Don’t forget that in Europe, diesel cars were advertised as more eco-friendly and there are millions on the roads… now we know we were lied to and they are poisoning our air with very high NOx levels.

VW’s press releases about electric cars for 2020 and beyond have only one purpose, try to convince people that the electric car technology isn’t ready for mainstream yet. This is a lie they need to keep profiting by selling polluting cars at the expense of everybody’s health.

I hope that this helped you to see things by an “European” perspective… the same perspective that doesn’t understand why in the country of the brave and the free, people need guns to feel safe and people are locked up at a higher rate than in any other country in the world…

The last part is just a joke, well… kinda.

3 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Brave and free??
Actualy I call America the home of the careful and the land of the politacaly correct and I have no love for our 1984 goverment and I am not joking…

But the deisel polution in the EU was/is caused bad goverment policies taxes and incompenent informecent because even the companies that did not break the letter of the law blatenly broke the spirit of the law which is why VWs newer “clean” (clean equaling dritry rotten pices of blank) deisels (2013 and newer I beleive) were actualy cleaner than most every deisel on the road that did not break the letter of the law acording to a couple of studies that I saw…

GM and FCA are now also being sued in the US and Mercedes is under investagaion …
Basicaly every deisel engine is a POS and should be outlawed for passenger vehicles but the world goverments do not have the couarge honor or integerty to do so…

The German auto makers are no different from the US Japanese or Koreans throught history they have all had their scandals in one way or another multiple times…
Tesla is probably the only one who is clean but even that can change over time…

Futhermore that is spilled milk at this point and all EV news, prototypes, concept cars are good news i the world acording to me because companies like Honda and FCA dont make any EV news because they have no real plans…
More EV news also conditions (or propagandises) the pubpic to expect and accept EVs for future transportation…

John Doe
3 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

. . . and now scientists have discovered that gasoline (espesicially gasoline direct injection) pollute even more, when it comes to nano particles and the number of perticles is 10 – 100 times higher then a diesel car!

The Euro 6c limmits the number of particles from a gasoline engine to max 600 billion particles pr km.
No car are even near that “low” numbers, so they have to have particle filters added to them.
Gasoline engines also emit polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and benzo-α-pyren.
The particles from a gasoline engine are so small that they can cross the blood cell barrier and enter via the lungs.

It seems that electric cars can not come fast enough.

Google translate may make the article understandable to non Norwegian speakers..

3 years ago
Reply to  Nada

He never misses to include one of his passive-aggressive highly opinionated and annoying comments in every article he posts. 🙂

3 years ago
Reply to  Toni

Unfortunately corporations are far more aggressive to defend their profits than we are to defend the common good.

But hey, sorry If I offended some corporations by saying that I was sad by their actions, they have all the right to pollute our air and make wars for oil if it means to keep their profits. I’m ashamed by my inexcusable behavior, gonna see some Faux News for redemption.

John Glennie
3 years ago

Not bad, but too expensive for a 60 kWh battery, since the Bolt and Model 3 will both have 60 kWh batteries for 238+ miles and about $35 000 to $37 500.

3 years ago

Great article! If the upcoming Hyundai EV SUV looks like that, I’m gonna buy it!

Lego Ninja
3 years ago

Lol @ comments. I will buy this.

Lego Ninja
3 years ago

Haha also. Vw sux, bmw too expensive.

3 years ago

I hope this ev has a tow hitch so I can take stuff down to the recycling yard!

3 years ago

Tow hitch would be excellent.

How big is the Kona? BMW X1 size?

3 years ago

This car makes me laugh. Because of its name, of course 😀
Nevertheless, great marketing from Hyundai.

3 years ago
Reply to  Filipe

In Portugal it’s gonna be named Hyundai Kauai for obvious reasons…

3 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

They should’ve done that for Opel Ascona aswell, a few decades ago 😀

3 years ago

Can someone explain to me the difference between the Niro and the Stonic, they looks almost exactly the same

3 years ago
Reply to  James

Every SUV looks the same to me, but they do have different headlights at least eheh.

I think that the Kia Stonic will also be smaller than the Niro.

3 years ago

I drive an Ioniq ev right now , would buy a 350-400km Compact SUV EV right now