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Hyundai Kona Electric To Be Unveiled Digitally

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Hyundai released a teaser video of their first all-electric compact SUV, which will be officially revealed digitally on February 27. After that, the Kona Electric will have its world premiere at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Not much can be gleaned from the teaser aside from its general shape. Though if the Kona Electric lineup is anything like the Ioniq, we’ll most likely see something almost identical to the gas powered variant, but with an updated front facia to identify it as an all-electric vehicle. After all, you don’t really need a large air vent when there are no internal combustion engines to cool.

The Korean automaker has even leaked some technical details of the Kona Electric’s powertrain. Quoted by electrek, Hyundai claims to offer us “one of the most powerful electric engines on the market”, the electric variant is expected to deliver up to 292 miles (470km) of range per charge under the new World Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) regulations. An impressive figure considering how far Hyundai has come since it first launched the Ioniq EV in 2016.

Aside from its “class leading range”, the Kona EV will also come equipped with a substantial list of active safety and driver assistance technologies along with a plethora of convenience and connectivity features.

Those just itching to get their hands on one won’t have long to wait because the Kona Electric is expected to hit the European market this summer.

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The real challenge will be how long they will require us to wait for a full charge to happen but with the mile range offered already most owners should find that charging at home overnight is enough. I do about 150 miles a day, charging at home every second day is very realistic.
If the Kona really does deliver on its estimated 290 mile range, Hyundai could very well have a segment leader on their hands. Assuming that its priced competitively I can see the Kona EV selling extremely well. While we're still waiting on more detailed specs such as performance and price point, its worth nothing that the Kona will be the first electric crossover to come to market. Seeing as how well the Outlander has been doing for the same reason, it's a safe bet to assume the Kona will hit new milestones rather quickly.
How fast the Kona charges will depend on your home charging station and the car itself. Maybe we can make a guess based on how fast the Ioniq chargers? I would assume both the Kona and Ioniq will share a charging system, one just has a bigger battery and more range.
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