Hyundai may one-up the Chevrolet Bolt EV with its coming electrified Kona crossover. The battery-electric version of Hyundai’s latest crossover will be revealed next month at the Geneva Motor Show, but that hasn’t stopped Hyundai from engaging in some early bragging.
In a European press release issued by the automaker, it is claimed the Kona EV will achieve a range of 292 miles under the new European World Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). It is worth noting that the European cycle and EPA test cycle are not ubiquitous, but such a ranking in Europe would imply a range of around 240 miles in the U.S.
Assuming such a rating pans out, the Kona EV will be right in line with or slightly ahead of the Bolt EV. In the U.S., the Bolt EV is rated at 238 miles of range per charge.
Hyundai has also confirmed two different variants of the Kona EV for the European market. The two versions have yet to be detailed, but in the EV world that implies there will be two battery capacities offered. The U.S. is only expected to get one iteration, which will be in the neighborhood of 60-kWh.
Kona EV is also expected to offer the ability to charge at a rate of 100 kW, mirroring that of the Ioniq EV. Currently the Ioniq EV is the only vehicle offered in North America that can charge at that rate when standardized charging hardware.
Hyundai is expected to rollout the Kona EV later this year in the U.S. Hyundai has said previously the Kona EV will be an affordable EV, suggesting the price will start under $40,000 after federal tax credits of $7,500.