2018 Hyundai Kona Electric to get 64 kWh battery option

Discussion in 'Hyundai Kona Electric' started by Domenick, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    Hyundai Kona Electric: Two Battery Options, Up To 210-Mile Range
    Range is a pretty important performance metric in the electric vehicle world, more being better. Now, it looks like the 2018 Hyundai Kona Electric will be competitive in this area and offer the option of a 64.2 kWh battery to complement the base 39.2 kWh pack.

    Range estimates were given in one report as 500 km on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which is being translated as a real-world 210 miles.

    Also noted in this report, the motor puts out the same 150 kW (201.2 hp) as the Chevy Bolt. As LG Chem may be responsible for engineering both cars, it's being speculated that they might even share the same motor.

    If, as predicted, Hyundai can get the base price below $40,000 in the U.S., it should be pretty competitive with other electric offerings. A gasoline-burning version will be released first,though, and it may prove to be the Electric version biggest competitor, depending on the price difference. Interestingly, Hyundai's media sites don't yet mention an all-electric Kona, so it may only launch as a 2019 model.
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  2. tongsli

    tongsli New Member

    If this has remote thermal management, I would get this vehicle. I'm hoping the Ioniq gets remote thermal management and a 60+KW battery
     
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  3. Jack

    Jack Administrator Staff Member

    They totally stole the design from the ugly Jeep Cherokee, but I guess ugly has worked for some EVs in the past so not a bad idea ;)
     
  4. Jack

    Jack Administrator Staff Member

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  5. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    You say ugly, I say forward-looking, aggressive. :)
     
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  6. tongsli

    tongsli New Member

    I think the Hyundai looks better than that Jeep
     
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  7. Jack

    Jack Administrator Staff Member

    well no matter how forward-looking it is, it looks back to 2014 at the Cherokee:D
     
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  8. Jack

    Jack Administrator Staff Member

    I agree, although I do not like the two-tone.
     
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  9. jim

    jim Active Member

    YES Thermal management is Key. We have had 14 KIA SOUL EV's that use air cooling and all 14 battery packs have failed. This is not sustainable for the automaker or owner or the World.
     
  10. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    14! Was this a company fleet, or something?
     
  11. jim

    jim Active Member

    No 10 were separate private owners. 4 were a small fleet but all failed.
     
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  12. JyChevyVolt

    JyChevyVolt Active Member

  13. WadeTyhon

    WadeTyhon Well-Known Member

    If you look at the sale numbers for all of Hyundai/Kia plug-ins over the past few years you will see the same thing. And this same trend will probably continue with their new offerings.

    At best we can probably expect 150-200 a month sales in the US. At worst, we can expect Ioniq numbers. They will be mostly in CARB states, with a few dealers in non-CARB states that are willing to stock 1 or 2 at a time.
     
  14. JyChevyVolt

    JyChevyVolt Active Member

    I tried to get the Ioniq BEV in Southern California. The dealers we're bunch of con. They would not honor the unlimited plan at that price. I got mad and got the Honda Clarity BEV.
     

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