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Kona Electric upgrade available from late 2019

Hyundai has announced an upgrade of the Kona Electric SUV, which will be available in Europe by the end of this year. The new model features higher power charging capabilities and an improved navigation system.

The most important innovation is a three-phase on-board charger which will enable AC charging at up to 11 kW. This is in addition to the rapid DC charging option which comes as standard. The faster AC charging capacity will reduce charging times on public 3-phase AC chargers and some home-based units.

The Kona Electric also has a new optional navigation system with a 10.25-inch centre display which incorporates the eCall safety feature. The charging control system, which can be accessed via the Blue Link app, also provides information on charging times and expected range and can be pre-programmed to charge the Kona at specified times. The Korean company offers the vehicle with two different battery sizes, 39 kWh and 64 kWh, and a number of assistant systems.

Only launched in 2018, the Kona Electric has already received a number of plaudits including the NGC Car of the Year 2018. As commented by NGC on making the award: "With its 279 mile range, the Hyundai Kona Electric represents outstanding value for money when compared with rival offerings. As the first to bring a long-distance EV to mass-market customers – and with such a capable package – Hyundai’s Kona Electric is NGC's Car of the Year 2018."

In addition to the Kona Electric, Hyundai offers a number of low emission power-trains including the IONIQ trio of models (Hybrid, Plug-in, Electric), 48-Volt hybrid versions of Tucson and the fuel cell-powered NEXO. This portfolio makes Hyundai an important player in electrified vehicles, offering consumers an wide choice of low-emission to zero-emission vehicles.

"With emission-free, connected vehicles such as the Kona Electric, Hyundai is not only one of the pioneers for clean mobility, but is also striving constantly to meet the demands of the growing number of consumers for more eco-friendly cars," says Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe.

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Ben Lane

Author:Ben Lane
Date Updated:14th May 2019

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