The 2018 Hyundai Kona subcompact CUV was recently unveiled in Korea, and while the model shown off was one with a traditional internal combustion engine, there is another version of the Kona SUV in the works.
During a recent press event to show off the Kona, an all-electric version was teased, with the range for that model expected to be around 242 miles.
That would put it slightly ahead of the current Chevy Bolt and even the base Tesla model 3!
Hyundai Kona EV arrival date
Production of the all electric Hyundai Kona should start in the early part of next year, after which it will go on sale in Korea and Europe.
No word yet on the Kona EV launch date in the US, but we are positive it will be made available here.
Kona EV range (rumored)
There are zero details about the powertrain at this point, but we imagine it will be the new industry standard, which will mean a nice sized lithium ion battery.
An article recently published in Autobild magazine in Germany suggested that the battery size would be in the range of 50 kWh, but from what we have learned the 2018 Hyundai Kona EV will have a larger one than that.
Sources in Korea are suggesting that it may be as large as 60 kWh!
That would almost certainly mean a range well in excess of 200 miles. That’s good news for Hyundai, as they are looking to surpass the 238 mile range offered by the Chevy Bolt.
Word is that the Kona will go beyond that number, with 242 miles the range being quoted for the new Hyundai electric vehicle.
We will update you with more details of the Kona electric vehicle as we get them. (photo: motorgraph korea)