Hyundai Kona Electric updates announced for 2019

The Kona Electric will get faster three-phase charging and remote app control when it returns at the end of the year

The Hyundai Kona Electric is set to receive a raft of updates when it comes back on sale at the end of 2019, the South Korean manufacturer has announced.

Chief among them is an 11kW three-phase on-board AC charger, which will allow faster charging speeds from public stations and home wallboxes.

The current Kona Electric will take a full charge from a 7.2kW supply in nine hours 35 minutes, however new figures for the forthcoming version haven’t been confirmed.

Meanwhile, connectivity features arrive in the form of the Blue Link smartphone app: this allows drivers to start their car, unlock its doors and activate the climate control remotely.

It'll also be possible to programme charges remotely, with the Blue Link app relaying battery status updates to owners.

Inside, the Kona Electric receives an updated sat-nav package, displayed through a new 10.25-inch touchscreen. Passengers will benefit from optional rear heated seats, too.

Hyundai has also added its eCall service as a standard feature: this automatically calls the emergency services in the event of a collision that triggers the car’s airbag sensors.

Back in March, Hyundai confirmed that the UK’s entire allocation of Kona Electrics had sold out, leaving customers no choice but to join a waiting list for 2020.

The company now says European deliveries of the updated model will arrive before the end of 2019, however price changes haven’t been confirmed.

When the latest Kona Electric arrives, it’ll face even more competition: as well as the return of the also sold-out Kia e-Niro, it'll have to contend with the Volkswagen ID.3, the Peugeot e-208 and many other new electric cars entering the market.