The electric-vehicle segment is back in business with yet another 250-plus-mile model as Hyundai recently introduced the commuter-friendly 2019 Kona Electric.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will hit showrooms boasting a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that powers an electric motor injecting a potent 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. This will not only provide ample power for quick sprints, but it also will give commuters an estimated 258 miles of all-electric driving. This beats the Chevy Bolt EV by up to 20 miles and the Nissan LEAF by over 100 miles.
Besides boasting a huge EV range, the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will also come standard with DC fast-charging capability, which is optional on the Bolt and LEAF. This can charge the Kona Electric to 80 percent in 54 minutes on a Level III charger. On a 7.2-kilowatt Level II charger, charging will take nine hours and 35 minutes.
The rear two-thirds of the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is almost identical to the standard Kona, but the front end is closed off for added aerodynamics, giving it a distinct EV look.
The Kona Electric will also have a host of advanced technology available, including an 8-inch navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, next-generation Blue Link, rain-sensing wipers, a head-up display, and a wireless charging pad. It also will have plenty of available safety features like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver-attention warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, and automatic high-beam headlights.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will hit showrooms in early 2019. It will start in California and slowly make its way to other zero-emissions states. There is no mention of nationwide availability yet. Stay tuned for updates.