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Hyundai Kona Electric range increased to 484 km / full charge

Written by Nizam Shaikh

The Hyundai Kona Electric has been reported to have updated the vehicle with an even longer range model. The Hyundai in India is rated to deliver an ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) tested range of 452 km on a single charge and the new Kona Electric for the European market with a 484 km range on the WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicle Test Program) cycle. The Hyundai Kona Electric in Europe tested on the WLTP cycles returns a range of 449 km on a single charge, so the car has received a bump of 33 kms, according to the WLTP cycle. 

The Hyundai Kona Electric in the Indian market is powered by a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack that comes with a 134 hp / 395 Nm permanent magnet synchronous electric motor with a single speed reduction gearbox that powers the front wheels of the car. As mentioned before, the Kona Electric in India has a range of ARAI tested 452 km on a single charge. 

In the European market, the Hyundai Kona Electric comes with an optional 64 kWh battery pack that is coupled to a 204 hp electric motor. The 64 kWh model will be the only one to see the range extension update. The upgraded 484 km range is believed to come from efficiency enhancing measures taken from the brand which includes upgrading the vehicle with new energy efficient tyres that are likely to have been specially designed to provide low rolling resistance but optimum grip on the road. 

In terms of styling, the Hyundai Kona Electric features a closed front grille for aerodynamic efficiency, active vanes on the airdam that open and close automatically for cooling, LED daytime running lights and bumper integrated headlamps units. The Kona Electric also features an air-curtain on the alloy wheels to minimise energy loss due to wind drag. 

The Hyundai Kona Electric comes to India via the CKD route and is sold at the price starting from INR 23.71 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi and the brand has sold 300 models in the last year with a target of 500 units for 2020.