Compact Electric CUV with 250 miles of all-electric range. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – March 28, 2018 2019 Hyundai Kona BEV Hyundai’s all-new Kona CUV features modern styling for great looks plus a low and wide stance providing better handling than larger segment CUV/SUVs. 2019 Kona Electric Exterior The face of the Kona Electric includes extremely thin LED DRLs connected by a white plastic hood to grill separator, all set high within a faux vertical cross-hatched grille with a hidden Level2/Level 3 CCS electric charging port within. Below are large cutout LED Headlamps, aero tab corners, and aero-tuned wheel air curtains leading back to flared fenders. I have not seen it in person, but it lacks curb appeal vs the std. Kona from the media pics. The profile appears very Niro like with a lower sculpted cutout and brightwork insert. Lightweight, good looking 17” alloys with 215/55R17 tires highlight the bottom half while a blacked out floating roof design insert separates the roof and robust rear spoiler hanging off the rear from the lower three-quarters. Out back, the rear bumper fascia includes an inverse wave-form. The Kona Electric will be offered in Phantom Black, Chalk White, Pulse Red, Ceramic Blue and Galactic Gray. When equipped without a sunroof, the roof is finished with a color-contrasting white color scheme (black, gray and white exterior color choices only). The available white roof provides contrast between the roof and body and more effectively rejects solar radiation! The Kona Electric has a middle of the road CUV Cd of 0.29 Cd. 2019 Kona Electric Interior The simplistic interior is based around a light colored top half with contrasting lighter bottom half plastic all above a dark black carpeted floor and lower doors from the only interior pic I have available. Like the Elantra GT and Kona, the upper trim Kona Electric audio/navigation display is a floating 8” touchscreen with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Kona Electric provides the popular elevated CUV seating position providing easy ingress and egress. Rear suspension components are packaged in such a way to provide a lower load floor and seating position. Split-folding rear seats fold flat via a dual-level load floor. The Kona Electric offers 19.2 cubic feet of rear cargo volume, the same volume as the standard Kona despite the very large 64 kWh Traction battery! The Interior can only be purchased in either black (cloth interior only), or a light gray and blue dual-tone color scheme in leather. 2019 Kona Electric Infotainment The Kona Electric offers a premium infotainment system includes standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, HD Radio and next-generation Blue Link LTE-powered connectivity. The standard 7” color LCD display includes AM/FM/MP3 touchscreen audio, auxiliary inputs, voice-command recognition and Rear-View Monitor. The 8” touchscreen navigation display includes next-generation Blue Link, traffic flow and incident data via HD radio, Infinity premium audio with eight speakers, subwoofer and Clari-Fi music-restoration. A Heads-up Display (with active pop-up display screen), Rain-sensing Wipers, and Qi wireless Smartphone charging is also available. 2019 Kona Electric Drivetrain Kona Electric provides an estimated range of 250 miles and what we have said all along, what the Ioniq Electric should have been. The Kona Electric powertrain employs an efficient 150 kW (201 hp and 291 lb-ft. of torque from a standstill) permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor supplied by a < 1,000 lb., liquid cooled, 356V, 64 kWh Li-Ion battery. Motor power powers the front wheel through a 7.981 reduction gear. The inverter has a power density of 25.4 kVA/L. Normal, Eco and Sport drive modes are std. The Kona Electric is estimated to achieve at least 117 MPGe, besting the Nissan Leaf (112 MPGe), Tesla Model S (104 MPGe), and Tesla Model X (93 MPGe). This spec means little in the electric space imho. The Kona Electric utilizes a 7.2 kW Level-II on-board charging system and a Level-III SAE CCS 100 kW quick charger port that can bring the Kona Electric to 80 percent charge from flat in just 54 minutes. The Level-II charger at the rated 7.2 kWs takes 9 hrs. and 35 min. to reach the same 80 percent SoC from flat. 2019 Kona Electric Chassis Kona Electric includes a MacPherson strut system with a hollow stabilizer bar up front attached via a sub-frame bushing design for improved comfort and reduced NVH. Out back is a multi-link design providing minimal camber and toe changes throughout the suspension travel range. The motor-driven power steering was tuned to provide variable steering feel with changing driving conditions. 2019 Kona Electric Safety The Kona Electric uses over 375 ft. of structural adhesives, providing additional torsional rigidity while reducing overall mass. The platform features a multi-load path structure that dispenses crash energy across multiple structures in the event of an accident. Kona Electric offers advanced active safety features, including standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) to help detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking autonomously. Three additional systems also utilize the standard front-view camera to boost safety and convenience: Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (on LED-headlight-equipped models), and Driver Attention Warning (DAW). The Kona Electric radar systems assists the Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Rear Cross-Traffic Collison-Avoidance Assist. The 2019 Kona Electric will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and available in the fourth quarter of 2018, with initial availability in California and ZEV-focused states.