Hyundai starts pre-orders for Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric available to pre-order in South Korea

Last Monday, Hyundai started accepting pre-orders for the Kona Electric in South Korea.

The much awaited electric version of Hyundai Kona will have its powertrain (battery and motor) made by LG Chem. Depending on the version chosen, the 150 kW electric motor will be powered by a 39,2 or 64 kWh battery. While the 39,2 kWh battery will be enough for more than 240 km (149 miles) range, the 64 kWh will get at least 390 km (242 miles). These figures are from the South Korean test cycle, which gets very similar results to the EPA’s.

 

In South Korea, before incentives Hyundai Kona Electric will cost between 43 million and 48 million KRW (33.016 and 36.840 euros). The electric version will still be much more expensive than its gas counterpart, which in most European countries can be bought for less than 20.000 euros.

Regarding size, there are also differences, since the electric version is slightly larger than the gas counterpart, let’s see:

Hyundai Kona

  • Length: 4.165 mm
  • Width: 1.800 mm
  • Height: 1.550 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.600 mm

 

Hyundai Kona Electric

  • Length: 4.180 mm (+ 15 mm)
  • Width: 1.800 mm
  • Height: 1.555 mm (+ 5 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 2.600 mm

 

Let’s add the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the comparison…

 

Chevrolet Bolt EV

  • Length: 4.170 mm
  • Width: 1.770 mm
  • Height: 1.600 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.600 mm

 

With its powertrain also provided by LG Chem and similar dimensions, it’s clear that the Chevrolet Bolt EV is the most direct alternative to the Hyundai Kona Electric.

Furthermore, knowing that competition is coming, GM recently announced that the company will make 5.000 units of the Bolt EV available this year to South Korean customers. Much better than the 600 units sent to South Korea last year.

 

When compared to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Hyundai Kona Electric has some advantages.

  1. It’s a Hyundai, this means that its warranty will be much better.
  2. Adaptive cruise control. It’s unbelievable that the Bolt EV has the radars needed for AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) and it’s lacking adaptive cruise control…
  3. Having a entry-level battery option (39,2 kWh) will make it cheaper.

 

As much as I like the Chevrolet Bolt EV, it seems that all the good parts come from LG Chem, while its worst aspects come from Chevrolet.

Anyway, first deliveries in South Korea are scheduled for the first half of this year. Europe will be next, then North America and the rest of the world. Hyundai Kona Electric’s arrival will benefit the most European customers, since the Opel Ampera-e seems a futureless project in this continent.

 

What do you think about the Hyundai Kona Electric?

 

Update: it seems that the battery cells will be NCM 622 and not NCM 811.

 

 

More info:

https://www.hyundai.com/content/hyundai/kr/ko/company-intro/pr-department/news-focus/news/detail.html

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/01/16/2018011601281.html

Pedro Lima

I grew up on a tough neighborhood and am not a privileged guy, my true nature is violent, even if I try to hide it because I'm not proud of it. I try to overcome my violent nature by learning more about geeky things like batteries, but I'm far from being an expert and don't pretend to be one. I also graduated in Sociology, to learn more about others and pacify myself.

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Eagerly awaiting this Electric Kona! Its good looking, ecological and probably with excellent performances. My next car!

  2. Wow! It’s very interesting to see the 5 advantages over the Bolt EV… Can’t wait to see the Kona EV here in Québec, Canada next year…

  3. I think it seems really good. But 13-16keur more expensive than the gas version is a lot. And by the way, I think the 40kwh version will sell bad. Only 4keur to get 140 km more range is definitly worth it for most.

    The battery version is not that much more expensive only looking at the cost of components. But this probably incorporates developing costs and cost for low volume. It’s a step in the right direction though.

  4. Would prefer a new Ioniq version with something like 48kWh battery. A 64kWh battery gives more range but it start’s to become impossible to full charge at home.

    1. Sure, if you travel 300+km every day 😉 If not, you’ll only charge over night what you will use during day, right?

      1. The reason of getting a big a battery is to travel more km, right? The problem is that if the battery is so big, that instead of the 30min in a 50kW charger (the more common models), you have to loose 1 hour or more. In that case, then you will loose the same time on travelling than using a car with a smaller battery..

        So, what is needed is a very efficient car, with a middle sized battery.

        Also, this way you aren’t just dragging a big and heavy battery on all the days you only make 50 or less km 😉

      2. Jonas, with a bigger battery you would spend less time charging than for a smaller battery. This is because you would reach the taper point with more miles available, so in a small battery you get the first 50 miles fast, then each mile is increasingly slower, on the big battery you get the first 100 miles at the same rate as the first 50 on the small battery. So if you stopped as often on a trip, and you charged at the same ‘miles left’ point, each stop would be shorter, and your trip faster, go further in less time.

  5. @Jonas Jovial
    That would be no problem. Hyundai should build a 3-phase-charger in the car. So in europe we could charge with 11kW or 22kW AC at home. They should sell it at least as an option. We also have a lot of 22kW AC charging stations here, but all this asian and american cars use only 1/3 of the capacity and need too much time for charging.

    1. Not all of us can have a 3-phase installation. Many don’t even have a garage for the car…

      1. Look, a larger battery doesn’t mean that you necessarily need a higher power charger at home. In fact it’s probably the opposite, because with more capacity there’s more flexibility… not needing to fill up the whole way because there’s plenty of capacity there for a typical days traveling.

  6. I like it, and having more practical and sellable EV options available is a great thing. That being said, I’m probably going to keep the Niro EV at the top of my list of replacements for my Leaf, mainly because the Niro is 17cm longer and appears to have better cargo space than the Kona.

  7. I just tried the petrol Kona and the electric will be a better car in so many ways. I surely will order if resonably priced in Norway…
    HAVE YOU TRIED IT ?

    1. Your profile picture is ridiculous, grow up, man!

      1. And why would that matter to you?

  8. This is great news.
    I have Niro EV and Kona EV on my list, in this order. I will most likely buy one of these since I trust LG (I have a 3 year LG smartphone for which the battery holds its charge for multiple days while my friends changed they phone twice in the same time interval).

    I also think it is great to have blogs like pushevs that also give detailed news (for example on battery chemistry) not just empty PR releases. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks Christian.

      Yes, I try to share my personal view on each article, not just copy-paste news. Some like it, some don’t 🙂

  9. The eKona LIFETIME FREE BATTERY REPLACEMENT WARRANTY is a big plus. The tech rep I spoke with at the LA car show said it is 100% free, NOT pro-rated! I’m pretty sure even the SECOND OWNER gets 10 years 100,000 miles!! (total from original purchase)

    Thanks Brandon, for advising Jonas. Another way to look at it is the bigger battery gains just as much range per hour of charging. Well, VERY slightly less since the extra batt weight will use a bit more power. Most new non-luxury* EVs fully recharge the averave daily drive overnight from a standard wall outlet. So with decent total range, even if you drive more than average a few days in a row, you’ll be back at 100% if you sleep in or spend a few evenings at home.
    *Tesla S & X take longer.

  10. Hello Pedro,
    Is it possible for you to find out what exactly can be pre-ordered? Are there more information available about possible options, like recuperation paddles etc?
    Regards

    Gerd

    1. Hi Gerd.

      As far as I know there is no additional information about optional equipment yet.

      Best regards.

  11. Exciting news! I put my name on the reservation list when I found out it existed and it was free… but I was late to the party and have some 5500 people ahead of me in the line here in Norway.

    I’ve got a Model 3 reservation as well, and still don’t know enough about the prices and options of either offer to really start considering if I should get one of these.

    If it takes another six months before I have that information, the terribly named but promising LEAF e-Plus may intervene and be the one to run away with my money after all!

    Model 3 is of course the most exciting of these options. But also probably the least sensible. The Japanese and Korean contenders will both be quick, if not as sporty as the American, and they will either be significantly cheaper or come with a lot more equipment, perhaps both. And then it may in fact come down to the financing. I’m assuming the Tesla will depreciate less, so if the financing is great it may ultimately be no more expensive in total cost of ownership terms, even if the sticker is ten to fifteen percent higher.

    It’s going to be a difficult decision. And that’s the best news of all! Back when I wanted to buy a (used) EV in 2015, there really was only one – the LEAF – to choose from… and the triplets, but I really don’t think they feel like more than half the car a LEAF does.

    1. Please let us know how things go when you actually come down to the decision!

  12. Excellent Article

    It will be interesting to see how the Kona EV differs from the Kona ICE. The Bolt/Ampera-E is the natural competition, but the Bolt feels much more roomy than the ICE Kona. That said, if the Kona BEV offers adaptive cruise, HUD, heat pump, and charging at 100KW or more it will sell well. The only issue will be price as the bolt is currently wickedly cheap with $7500 off the LT and $6500 off the premier in MA, plus state and federal rebates..

  13. @Pedro Are you sure that the electric Kona will have adaptive cruise control? As far as I know the ICE versions of the Kona do not, which was very disappointing. That is why I may consider the Niro before the kona.

    1. “So does it get adaptive cruise control?
      02/11/2017
      We are careful about promising something, but it is expected that KONA electric will be delivered with adaptive cruise control.

      KONA with gasoline engine comes with standard cruise control with speed limits.”

      https://kona.no/faq/

  14. Is there already some more details on the battery thermal management?
    I saw videos of the cross section model displayed at Geneva auto show but couldn’t see neither air thermal management system nor fluid one.
    Thanks if you have some more details on this topic.

    I think active thermal management is a must with such big battery. Or are the new cells already that good that they don’t need thermal management anymore?

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