The Hyundai Kona Electric is the first crossover style EV to be available in North America.
Set to release in late 2018 as a 2019 model year, the Hyundai Kona EV will come with 2 battery pack sizes, the largest being 64 kWh.
The Kona Electric battery pack uses an active liquid-cooling system to help battery longevity that should be more in line with what the Chevy Bolt is having, and not like the LEAF that uses a passive cooling system.
In March 2018, the Kona EV received the EPA rating – and the 64 kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives the electric vehicle a range of 250 miles on the U.S. EPA ratings scale. That’s more than the Chevrolet Bolt, the standard Tesla Model 3, and the 2018 Nissan Leaf. Starting in the fourth quarter of 2018, romors are that the Kona Electric will cost somewhere in the mid to upper $20,000 area as the base model Kona starts at $19,500. California is set to get the first deliveries, with availability expanding out to the ZEV / CARB states out west and in the northeast.
February 2018, the Hyundai Kona Electric received official range ratings with the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure. The entry level Kona Electric, with the 39.2 kWh battery pack has a range of 186 miles (300 kilometers), and the long range Kona Electric with the 64 kWh battery pack has a range up to 292 miles (470 kilometers).
In October 2017, Hyundai had said that the Kona Electric would come with a 40 kWh or 50 kWh battery pack. Then, reports started surfacing that a second battery option would be available as well – and a long-range Kona EV would have a 64 kWh battery and a range that would exceed the base 2018 Nissan LEAF’s 150 miles. Estimates put the longer range KONA electric at 210 miles per charge, which is similar to the longer range 2019 LEAF and the entry level Tesla Model 3, and not very far behind the Chevrolet Bolt EV.