Hyundai Revamps Kona EV with Longer Range and More Room
Hyundai has recently unveiled the revamped Kona EV, which now boasts a longer range and more room. The original Kona EV was a compact electric crossover with a shorter range, but the new model seems to have restored the appeal of the Kona with its improved features.
Improved Range and Design
The new entry Kona EV is expected to compete favorably with some of the models that had displaced the original Kona, such as the Ioniq 5. The revamped Kona EV has a sleeker design than its predecessor, and there are improvements in the powertrain as well as interior innovations. The model has a 65.4kWh battery option that delivers a range of 304 miles via the WLTP testing cycle. Although the EPA testing range will be more conservative, it will still be significantly higher than the 258 miles from the gen-1 Kona EV.
More Interior Space and Tech Features
The revamped Hyundai Kona EV has a larger interior space than the current model. It also has more storage, with up to 17 cubic feet of trunk space, and features a front trunk and several in-cabin tech features. It has an optional heads-up display, but unfortunately, this will not be available in North America. However, there are dual 12.3-inch screens and OTA software updates, as well as NFC-based digital key support.
Battery Preconditioning and Vehicle-to-Load Support
The new Kona EV features battery preconditioning for improved charging times and cold weather range. The model’s vehicle-to-load support lets you power devices both inside and outside of the EV. The car also features the i-Pedal one-pedal driving, but the model lacks the 800W architecture currently in some of its competition. It will therefore take 41 minutes to charge the battery from 10% to 80%.
Pricing and Availability
Hyundai has not yet released pricing details for the Kona EV, but says the ICE and hybrid versions of the Kona will continue to exist with the EV. The Kona EV will be available in the US by the third quarter of this year.
The revamped Hyundai Kona EV is a significant improvement over its predecessor, with a longer range, more room, and several new tech features. It is expected to compete favorably with other electric crossovers in the market, and we can’t wait to see it on the roads soon.