Hyundai Kona Electric confirmed for 2018

Hyundai Kona exterior

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?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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4 years ago

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…

JF Laplante
4 years ago
Reply to  sapcmc

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

4 years ago
Reply to  sapcmc

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

3 years ago
Reply to  sapcmc

Well, KONA is a VERY excellent mountain bicycle …here in Canada…. I’ve been married to mine, for 7 years…

Marcel Guldemond
4 years ago

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.

4 years ago

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.

Jonas Jovial
4 years ago

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
4 years ago
Reply to  Jonas Jovial

did not know that. on the austian homepage it seems to be available.
on 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.

4 years ago

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