First All-Electric Compact SUV: 2019 Hyundai Kona EV

2019 Hyundai Kona EV

With increasing concerns about unpredictable fluctuations in gas pricing, finite supplies of oil, and the effect of car emissions on climate change, more and more people are looking for transportation alternatives. For the first time in Canada, Hyundai is proud to introduce its all-electric solution for automobiles, the 2019 Hyundai Kona EV.

The Hyundai Kona Electric is a purely electric vehicle that relies on charging stations, not gasoline, to replenish energy. Here are all the advances and conveniences the Hyundai Kona can bring to your driving life.

Electric Powertrain

Of course, the biggest change is also the most cost-effective one. You will never have to pay for gasoline again thanks to the electric powertrain that moves this vehicle. Hyundai Kona EV charging requires the vehicle to be plugged into a 100-kilowatt plug from a charging station that’s installed in your home or the growing number of public charging stations popping in cities all over the country.

One of the most convenient things about Hyundai Kona EV charging is that it is fast; in some cases, it may be even faster than your phone! A level 3 fast charger system allows the Hyundai Kona Electric to reach 80% charge capacity in less than an hour if it is plugged into a fast charging station. You’ll never have to worry about waking up in the morning and finding that overnight charging is still incomplete; your car will be ready to go. The plug for the charger is located conveniently in the front grill of the car.

Driving Range

The Hyundai Kona EV driving range is incredibly efficient, so drivers don’t have to worry about not getting to their destination on a single charge for most normal driving. This car can travel about 415 km on a single charge. However, the Hyundai Kona EV driving range can be extended when you select “regenerative braking.” This feature uses the kinetic energy created by braking, and transfers that generated energy back to the battery for small amounts of recharging as you drive.

Regenerative braking has different levels to help you control energy efficiency. Beyond that, however, you can select different driving modes that handle the consumption of energy in different ways based on your needs. If you want to conserve power, Eco and Eco+ modes reduce power consumption, but if you want performance and feel like you’re hugging the road with maximum responsiveness, switching to Sport gives you the driving boost you need.

Exterior & Interior

The design of the Kona EV is innovative, with a host of features not possible on an internal combustion engine vehicle. In addition to a quiet ride, active grill shutters adjust dynamically to driving conditions. All external lights run on efficient LED systems, and drivers have the choice of a two-tone roof colour to personalize their vehicle.

The interior doesn’t compromise on storage space, with a total of 544 L of cargo space, even with a lithium battery system. The 60/40 split rear seats can be folded down for even more space, and additional storage trays are available under the cargo floor, as well as in the front. The front seats are both heated and ventilated, with an 8-way adjustable driver seat

2019 Hyundai Kona EV

Infotainment

The Hyundai Kona EV specs also include an 8” touchscreen for navigation and entertainment. Wireless charging of phones is also available if your model is compatible, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto let you access your favourite phone apps, without having to dig out your phone.

For sound, the Kona comes with an option for a 315-watt Infinity® premium audio system, with eight speakers and an external amplifier so that you can enjoy quality sound on your music, podcasts, and more.  

2019 Hyundai Kona EV

Safety Systems

The Hyundai Kona EV is also about modern safety systems. Hyundai’s unique high-strength steel formula has been incorporated into the superstructure of the car for greater durability at a lighter weight. Hyundai’s SmartSense® safety technology has also been integrated into the car’s systems.

Forward collision avoidance assist is standard in the Kona, as is lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and blind spot collision warning while driving. When parking, the Kona can also help you, with parking distance warning sensors and a camera as you're backing into a spot. If you're backing out of a space, rear cross traffic collision sensors also alert you to cars you may not be able to see.

All of this, plus a 5-year warranty, roadside assistance, 8 year/160,000 KM EV system warranty, and possible government rebates make the Hyundai Kona EV the best way to help your budget and the planet.