Ever wonder what the motoring world will be like if electric automobiles are mainstream, rather than novelties or style statements? While we’re not totally stoked on that future, a response exists today in the kind of the Hyundai Kona Electric. This could well be the EV of their future–a totally mainstream, entirely normal, and simple to live with compact SUV that only happens to run on batteries.
However, before we discuss how normal the Kona Electric is, we must talk about both items which make it outstanding: Range and cost. The Kona is graded by the EPA to travel 258 miles on a single charge and it is priced at $37,495$29,995 when you factor in the 7,500 national tax charge. We’ll remind you that this kind of long-range, cheap EV is what Tesla has been promising for a couple of decades, what its customers actually lined up to purchase, and that which it has to provide in the kind of its own Model 3 midsize . (In our view, anyone still waiting to get a cheap Model 3 instead of buying a Chevrolet Bolt or one of these Kona Electrics doesn’t actually want to have an EV, they want a status symbol.)
gas-powered Konas. Inside, the controller layout differs slightly, including a push-button shifter with silver vinyl which one of our staffers called resembling a cheap 1990s home stereo. Okay.
the Chevrolet Bolt, which lets you come to a full stop using just the regenerative purpose.
Because you can tellwe’re heavily impressed by the Kona Electric–and not since it’s extraordinary, but instead because it isn&; rsquo;t outstanding whatsoever. Plenty of people purchase electric cars to earn some sort of a statement. If you want to have an electric car only because you want to have an electric automobile, the Hyundai Kona Electric is a great method to fade into the background.
2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Ultimate Specifications
Permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor, 201 hp, 290 lb-ft
64.0-kWh ion polymer
Single-speed reduction gear
4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine FWD SUV
132/108 MPGe (city/hwy)
L x W x H
164.6 x 70.9 x 61.2 at WHEELBASE
102.4 at WEIGHT
3,700 pounds (est)
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