Hyundai has released a cryptic first teaser image of the Kona Electric, the brand’s second all-electric vehicle to be sold in the United States (after the Ioniq) and one that could offer a longer range than the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s EPA-rated 238 miles.
In a European press release ahead of the Geneva auto show—where the Kona EV will make its debut—Hyundai claims that the Kona Electric will achieve a range of 292 miles under the new European World Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP); from this, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the model earn a U.S. EPA range of at least 240 miles.
The Kona Electric will come in two different powertrain versions in the Europe market, Hyundai says. That most likely means two battery capacities, with the greater around 60 kW or a bit more—we remain hopeful for an all-wheel-drive version.
Expect to see speedy charging on the Kona Electric, too. Hyundai says its Hyundai Ioniq Electric is currently the only vehicle available in North America that can charge at 100 kW on some of the top Combined Charging System (CCS) hardware that’s rated to 100 kW or more.
The Kona Electric is anticipated to arrive late this year in the United States and is likely to land at a relatively affordable price that parallels the strategy the brand is following with gasoline-powered Kona, which starts at less than $21,000. The Kona Electric will aim mostly at lower-priced, fully electric crossover rivals coming from Ford, Nissan, Volvo, and Volkswagen, all of which are expected to bow around 2020 or shortly before. All are likely to start under $40,000 before factoring in the $7500 federal EV tax credit and other incentives.