Larger battery packs and more power this time, but..
As you know, Hyundai revealed the second-gen Kona lineup not too long ago, but the details on the Kona Electric (or, Kona EV, if you prefer) were reserved for another date. Well, the date has now arrived, and without any further ado, let’s get started.
All the variants of the 2023 Hyundai Kona lineup look pretty much the same and can be confusing to identify from a distance, but the Kona EV has got a different, less-busy “grille” design, plus, you can also look for that charging port at the front. The wheel design on this model is also different.
The stuff on the inside is the same too; you get dual 12.3-inch screens dominating the dashboard, and all the usual creature comforts and ADAS. Since this is a modern all-electric Hyundai, you also get Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) functionality—which can help power electrical equipment outside the vehicle; in simpler terms, think of V2L as using the car as a giant power bank.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the Kona EV continues to be a front-wheel-drive-only EV. Meaning, it is powered by a single electric motor at the front. As before, there’ll be standard-range and long-range versions on offer.
The standard-range model’s motor offers output figures of 114.6 kW (156 metric hp) and 255 Nm (188 lb-ft), drawing juice from a 48.4 kWh (up from 39.2 kWh) battery pack. The long-range model boasts a power output of 160 kW (218 metric hp) while the torque remains the same; the battery pack in this case is gonna be 65.4 kWh (up from 64 kWh). The long-range model is estimated to offer a WLTP range of over 490 km (304+ mi). The power output is up by 20 metric hp and 14 metric hp, respectively, while the torque is down by 139 Nm (102 lb-ft)—which is a significant difference.
If you find a fast charging station, the 400-volt architecture is claimed to facilitate juicing-up the battery pack from 10% to 80% in about 41 minutes.
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