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    2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Has A 258 Mile Range

      20 Miles more than the Chevrolet Bolt EV

    If you wanted an long-range electric vehicle that didn't have a Tesla badge, your best choice was the Chevrolet Bolt EV as it offered a range of 238 miles. But there is a new long-range EV champion/

    The EPA has announced the figures for the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric. It will have a maximum range of 258 miles, which is 20 miles more than the Chevrolet Bolt. It also soundly beats a number of other competitors,

    • 107 miles more than a Nissan Leaf (151 mile range)
    • 134 miles more than a Hyundai Ioniq Electric (124 mile range)
    • 169 miles more than a Honda Clarity EV (89 mile range)

    Of course, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range beats the Kona Electric soundly with a range of 310 miles. But standard range Model 3 trails it by 33 miles (215 mile range).

    No word on pricing, but the Kona Electric will go on sale towards the end of the year.

    Source: EPA



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    These look good for a small crossover, and because it doesn't look funky like a Leaf or i3, it looks really good compared to other EV's.  And this is how an EV should look, you want it be a small crossover because that is the hottest segment of the market, and the range is great too, and it as fast as or faster than other small SUVs.  

    Big question is what does it cost?

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    More competition, and Hyundai stilll has EV credits.

     

    This thing pretty much checks the Bolt everywhere. Even the styling and interior is better. 

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    7 minutes ago, Suaviloquent said:

    More competition, and Hyundai stilll has EV credits.

     

    This thing pretty much checks the Bolt everywhere. Even the styling and interior is better. 

    It looks better than the Bolt inside and out, and it is a small crossover which is the most coveted body style, vs some lifted hatchback or whatever the Bolt is.  This thing beats the Bolt on all fronts, except we don't know the price of it.

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    Yeah but GM has a snag. With the forthcoming EV credits I imagine Hyundai will swoop in and get those early non-Tesla adopters that want the credits to make the purchase viable.

     

    Yet no one wants to buy fire sale midsize sedan hybrids it seems. Bummer

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    2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    A abomination unto God.  But you knew that.

    Kinda like the Kona...

     

    But that grill.....eek!

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    1 hour ago, balthazar said:

    ^ LOL it's the EXACT same size as the Bolt- 164" overall length. They're both tall liftback/hatchbacks.

    But the Bolt doesn't look like an SUV.  Nor does the BMW i3.  Which is a problem.  SUV body style is what sells, where as wagons, hatchbacks, minivans, etc do not.

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    It will go on sale in wacko California as a compliance contraption.  It certainly won't move off the lots anywhere else in the country. Hyundai knows better than to even try.  Same old story.

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    The Kona is almost an inch higher off the ground than the Bolt and that's why it looks more like an SUV rather than an awkward hybrid car/SUV/van. 

    9 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    So when is Chevy going to build an Equinox EV?

    That should have been done first and it would have sold like hotcakes. 

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    Have to say the more I look at this, I like the more traditional SUV / CUV look and the interior is better than the BOLT. I also like the 3 package levels. Since the pictures option is not working, going with the cut n paste of text.

    SEL
    • Standard Features:
    • High-efficiency 201 horsepower (150 kW), 291 lb.-ft. electric motor powertrain)
    • EV Fast Charger
    • Shift-by-Wire
    • Regenerative Braking System with Anti-lock Braking System and Brake Assist
    • Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Vehicle Hold
    • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
    • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
    • Lane Keeping Assist
    • Rear Cross-traffic Collision Avoidance Assist
    • Proximity Key with push button start
    • Rear View Monitor
    • Smart Cruise Control
    • Unique 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Unique LED taillights with graphics
    • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
    • Dual heated side mirrors
    • 7-inch touchscreen display audio
    • 7-inch Electroluminescent Gauge Cluster with EV Technology Display
    • Heated front seats
    • Automatic temperature control (single zone) with Driver Only mode
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Stain-resistant cloth seats (Unique cloth pattern)

     

    Limited
    • Includes SEL features plus:
    • LED headlights (low-cost)
    • Power tilt-and-slide sunroof
    • Side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
    • Leather seating surfaces
    • Power driver seat with lumbar adjustment
    • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with HomeLink® and compass
    • Premium door sill plates
    • Power windows with front auto-down/up
    • Infinity® Premium Audio with Clari-Fi™ Music Restoration Technology and 8 speakers
    • Wireless device charging

     

    Ultimate
    • Includes Limited features plus:
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Parking Distance Warning - Reverse
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Ventilated front seats
    • Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go
    • Heads-up Display, combiner-type
    • 8-inch touchscreen navigation system with EV Technology Display

    ATTENTION CHEVROLET
    BOLT Needs a big upgrade now!

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    The base car is loaded.

    Wow if it’s priced just like the Bolt I think Hyundai will have increased their pricing power and still delivered a better product.

    But that’s to be expected too. Bolt has been out for 1 and 1/2 model years.

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    1 hour ago, Suaviloquent said:

    The base car is loaded.

    Wow if it’s priced just like the Bolt I think Hyundai will have increased their pricing power and still delivered a better product.

    But that’s to be expected too. Bolt has been out for 1 and 1/2 model years.

    Let's just hope that GM left some cool stuff for a refresh at the end of this year to equal of offer better than the Kona EV at the same price.

    Right now Kona if priced like the Bolt will eat their lunch.

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    1 hour ago, ocnblu said:

    Lunch consisting of one dry rice cake and a 2 inch piece of plain celery.  So exciting.

    So much more exciting than the coal belching blah Bug!

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    I was expecting GM to have released more bolt powered vehicles by now... Another 6 months and they'll have dropped the ball.

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    3 hours ago, dfelt said:

    So much more exciting than the coal belching blah Bug!

    There's a vehicle on the market currently that runs on coal??

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    8 hours ago, balthazar said:

    There's a vehicle on the market currently that runs on coal??

    Polluting diesels----as in the stupid rednecks 'coal rolling' their trucks...

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    9 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    I was expecting GM to have released more bolt powered vehicles by now... Another 6 months and they'll have dropped the ball.

    LOL the Bolt is selling like it's bolted to the floor.  Do you think they're stupid?

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    On 8/23/2018 at 9:13 AM, Drew Dowdell said:

    I was expecting GM to have released more bolt powered vehicles by now... Another 6 months and they'll have dropped the ball.

    and it's time to move their electrics to larger usable sizes and also mainstream the styling.  We've kind of hit the era now where electrics need to look like a normal vehicle.  Not "hey look at me I'm a raging environerd"

     

    This Kona electric is one of the best looking electrics out there.

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