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Hyundai Kona Electric range, battery & charging

The Hyundai Kona Electric offers unbeatable range for the money

Hyundai Kona Electric
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

£30,111 - £40,861
Fuel Type:
CarRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
Kona 39kWh189 miles6hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)47mins (10-80%, 50kW)
Kona 64kWh300 miles9hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)48mins (10-80%, 100kW)

With 300 miles on offer from its battery, the 64kWh Kona Electric is a tempting buy. There's also the option to buy a smaller-battery 39kWh version for a still-useful 189-mile range, which has the benefit of a more affordable starting price.

Hyundai Kona Electric range

There’s no doubt range anxiety is becoming less of an issue across the board as battery technology for electric cars develops. Indeed, the official 300-mile range of the Kona 64kWh (early models were capable of 280 miles) seems to cross a threshold of acceptability – giving electric-car drivers a similar amount of freedom to travel as a typical tank of fossil fuel.

Charge time

Big batteries take longer to charge than small ones, and it would take around 28 hours to charge the Kona Electric’s 64kWh unit with the supplied cable using a three-pin domestic socket. Fortunately, Hyundai also provides a Type 2 cable that gives you access to the vast majority of public rapid chargers, as well as home wallboxes. Using a 7.4kW wallbox reduces the charge time for the bigger-battery Kona to a little over nine hours. 

The Kona will also take a CCS cable that's commonly found at rapid chargers on the motorway – although it's worth noting the smaller-battery cars won't charge as quickly as the bigger-battery models. The 64kWh car can draw a 77kW maximum; plugging in to a 100kW charger will see the Hyundai charge at its maximum rate – filling the battery from 10-80% in around 48 minutes.

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