Hyundai KONA Electric 64 kWh (2018) Guide

Hyundai KONA Electric 64 kWh (2018) Guide

The Hyundai KONA Electric has gone on to become one of the most popular EVs around. With range capabilities rivalling Tesla but for a fraction of the price, the KONA Electric is one of the most affordable and attractive EV options. The 64 kWh offers a more comprehensive range and better performance, at a price of course. Overall, the KONA makes for a great small, fully electric SUV.

Electric Range

278 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£8.44

Battery Size

67 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

18 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

yes CCS max 80kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a KONA Electric 64 kWh

The KONA Electric comes in two different battery sizes, a 39kWh and a 64kWh, providing WLTP ranges of 180-miles and 278-miles, respectively.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; to top-up the 64kWh battery using a 7kW home charger, for example, will take a little over 10 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 33 miles*.

The KONA Electric has a CCS connector option enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. Plugged into a 50kW charging station, the KONA Electric will charge from 0-80% in 75 minutes.

Note: It is worth highlighting here that the KONA has a max DC rate of 80kW, this is excellent news if you’re using the KONA for longer journeys. As the UK’s rapid charge network expands, the KONA is well suited to take advantage.

Additionally, the max AC rate is 7.2kW; this means that if you plugged into an 11kW charge point, you would still be charging at 7.2kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 31 hours for 0-95%
  • 7.4kW = 9 hours 35 mins for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 9 hours 35 mins for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 75 mins for 0-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a KONA Electric

Classified as a BEV, the KONA Electric produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, the new KONA qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

With one charge range rivalling that of an internal combustion engine, you can effortlessly go about your regular commutes without having to worry about charge points, plus you’ll be helping save the planet.

What are people saying about the KONA Electric?

Reviews of the KONA Electric are overwhelmingly positive. Marry this with the fact that the car sold-out upon its initial release (despite Hyundai only accepting online orders) and you get the gist; this is a popular EV and for a reason.

By far the biggest pro for the KONA is its range capabilities. Despite it not quite reaching the real-world 300-mile mark, it does the job. The majority of drivers don’t make a 200-mile plus journey daily and even for those of us who may forget to charge overnight – the KONA 64 kWh has enough juice capacity to get you where you need to go.

Classified as a small SUV, the KONA makes for a great family car. In comparison to the Kia e-Niro, the KONA comes up slightly more petite making for a cosier backseat arrangement and less boot capacity. Nevertheless, it is both comfortable and practical. The standard tech-features are all present, such as automatic braking, windscreen wipers, digital displays etc. In terms of materials, the use of plastic can degrade the appearance, but it is worth noting here that the design of the KONA is grounded in affordability.

The KONA is eager to accelerate, so much so that the tyres can struggle to find grip. Many drivers claiming the electric version is more fun to drive than its petrol counterpart. Although it has proven itself speedier than many of its contemporary rivals, from the e-Golf to the IONIQ, it’s still unlikely to satiate the needs of a race car driver. Instead, the KONA is best suited to a smooth, tranquil gait, preferring a gentler driving style while navigating busy streets with ease.

Despite the relatively small boot for its class and lack of premium interior finishes, the Hyundai KONA outperforms in other areas, from the conventional feel of its brakes to its affordable price point. Oh, and have we mentioned its range capabilities?