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Hyundai Kona Electric range, battery & charging

The Hyundai Kona Electric offers unbeatable range for the money

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Range, battery & charging Rating
Price
£30,111 - £40,861
Fuel Type:
Electric
CarRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
Kona 39kWh180 miles6hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)50mins (10-80%, 50kW)
Kona 64kWh280 miles10hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)44mins (10-80%, 100kW)

With 280 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 180-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 280-mile range of the Kona 64kWh 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 more than 30 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 fast chargers, and the Kona will also take a CCS cable that's commonly found at rapid chargers on the motorway.

Hyundai has a deal with wallbox provider PodPoint to fit dedicated charging points at owners’ homes, too; do this, and most drivers will never need to worry about range ever again.

Battery warranty

There’s an eight-year/125,000-mile warranty on the Kona Electric’s battery.

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