2019 Hyundai Kona BEV Preview

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Compact Electric CUV with 238 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 238 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.
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  2. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    Comfortably under $30k with a ‘12/12/80’ battery warranty?

    /... then I think they’d have something there
    //12 years, 120,000 miles, 80% of original capacity
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Carcus:

    Hyundai is not known to offer the deal on its upfront pricing. After discounts however... With the Fed and State, I am sure it will come in well under $30k. It is the Prime PHEVs < $20k target that is earning sales volumes however.

    I hope Hyundai does not price it as the Bolt is priced. The Bolt was just far to expensive for a B-Segment sized offering. The Kona Electric is a raised B-segment - .8" longer wheelbase than the Accent - so hopefully they do not get out of control on the pricing front when that is released. Especially with $100/kWh traction batteries revealing a 70 kWh pack at $7k addition to the base Kona. Minus the ICE and ancillary HW plus the motor, inverter, and its ancillary HW.

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  4. NeilBlanchard

    NeilBlanchard Well-Known Member

    Hopefully, they put a bigger battery pack in the Ioniq. That might put it up to ~300 miles range.

    We got a 10.1kW solar PV system a few weeks ago, and the cost of driving our Bolt EV and e-Golf will be less than half of what it was. :D
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  5. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    The Ioniq Electric uses air cooling for the battery. Putting a larger pack in isn't going to be straight forward with the addition of a liquid system.
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  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Here is the 258 mile rated range 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric's pricing and it is a bit steep. With the full $7,500 Fed TC, HOV Lane Access, and $1,500 state tax rebate to cover more than the $1,100 state tax upcharge over the std. Kona here in CA, the retail price is a bit more palatable.

    2019 Kona Electric SEL FWD $36,450
    2019 Kona Electric Limited FWD $41,150
    2019 Kona Electric Ultimate FWD $44,650

    D&H is $1,045 to be added to the MSRP directly above.

    2019 Hyundai Kona Electric


    Standard equipment on the 2019 Kona Electric SEL includes the following:

    All-Electric powertrain (150 kW/201 HP) FWD
    EV Fast Charger (75 kW iirc?)
    Active air flap (Lower grille)
    Shift-by-wire <-- most everything is nowadays
    Brake regen control paddles
    Drive Mode Select
    Independent front and multi-link rear suspension
    Regenerative braking w/ ABS and Brake Assist
    4-wheel discs
    Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Vehicle Hold
    TPMS with individual tire pressure indicators
    Inflator kit
    7-inch Electroluminescent gauge cluster with EV display
    6-way Driver seat with height adjustment
    Heated front seats
    Rear-seat center armrest with cupholders

    Vehicle Stability Management with ESC and TCS
    Hillstart Assist Control
    Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
    Blind-Spot Collision Warning
    Driver Attention Warning
    Lane Keeping Assist
    Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

    Power door locks and power windows with driver’s auto-down/up
    Auto single zone climate with Driver only mode
    Tilt-and-telescopic wheel with audio, cruise and phone controls
    Leather-wrapped wheel
    Sunglass holder and dome light
    Front passenger seatback pockets
    Front and rear door pocket storage compartments
    Center console with storage compartment and armrest
    Rear view camera
    60/40 split fold-down and fold-flat rear seatback
    Illuminated vanity mirrors and sunvisor extensions

    Unique front and rear fascias
    Unique two-tone roof
    Cargo hooks and cargo-area light
    Unique 17" alloys with low rolling resistance tires
    Unique LED taillamps
    LED DRLs
    Dual heated side mirrors with signal indicators

    Cargo net
    7" Touchscreen
    Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
    SiriusXM Sat Radio, HD Radio and AUX jack
    Blue Link Connected Car System
    Bluetooth with phonebook transfer
    Front USB, data/charge input (1 amp) and front 2.0 amp USB charge port
    Single 12-volt power outlet

    Auto on/off headlamps
    Rear spoiler with LED brake lamp

    Blue Link Remote Charge Access (3 yr. complimentary trial)
    Remote keyless entry w/ alarm and immobilizer
    Rear window wiper/washer
    Proximity key with push button start

    The Limited adds to the SEL the following equipment:

    High Beam Assist, Power driver seat with lumbar adjustment, LED headlamps, Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and compass, Power tilt-and-slide sunroof, power windows with front auto up/down, leather seats and Qi wireless charging.

    That is not much extra equipment for a $4,700 upcharge from SEL to Limited.

    The Ultimate adds to the Limited the following equipment:

    Rain-sensing wipers, Full speed Smart Cruise Control, Pedestrian Detection for FCA system, Heads-up Display, Parking Distance Warning, 8-inch Touchscreen with embedded NAVI, Heated steering wheel, Infinity Premium Audio with Clari-fi plus 8 speakers, and ventilated front seats.

    $3k for those extras seem like a lot to me as well?

    2019 Hyundai Kona Electric


    By comparison, the 2019 Hyundai Kona Retail pricing is posted below.

    Kona SE 2.0L GDI FWD - $19,990
    Kona SEL 2.0L GDI FWD - $21,800
    Kona Limited 1.6L Turbo GDI w/ 7-Speed DCT FWD - $25,550
    Kona Ultimate 1.6L Turbo GDI w/ 7-Speed DCT FWD - $27,500
    Kona Iron Man 1.6L Turbo GDI w/ 7-Speed DCT FWD - $30,550

    Kona SE 2.0L GDI AWD - $21,390
    Kona SEL 2.0L GDI AWD - $23,200
    Kona Limited 1.6L Turbo GDI w/ 7-Speed DCT AWD - $26,950
    Kona Ultimate 1.6L Turbo GDI w/ 7-Speed DCT AWD - $28,900
    Kona Iron Man 1.6L Turbo GDI w/ 7-Speed DCT AWD - $31,950

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  7. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Some people will pay it. What would the neighbors think if I only bought a Limited while they bought an Unlimited ?
    And I don't understand the "prestige" of having an "Iron Man" model. But others might.
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  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Edwin:
    I guess that is the way the world works. I am just no to keen on picking up a BEV for $13k more than the gas version even after the Fed and State tax deals are included. That is a pretty steep upcharge for a B-segment CUV with about 2/3 the total range and hours longer charging times vs a refuel imho. At least Hyundai targeted the approximate range and achieved it vs the Ioniq BEVs limiting 124 miles of AER as an example.

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  9. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    124 miles is plenty of range at this time. An 80 mile BEV can work for 40% of US households, and those households that can afford a BEV, and charge it, have more than one car already. Then the fast charger infrastructure, outside Superchargers, is lacking, and many of those have less than half the output of a Supercharger.

    Having other 200+ mile BEVs available is great, but when considering their daily use cycles, the majority of buyers only need half the range.
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  10. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I parked beside a Niro the other day in my Fit. This is a HATCHBACK! It's the same size as the Fit. Nobody calls that a crossover or SUV.
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  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I saw a Kia DeNiro the other day. I said out loud "That's nice".
    The car said "You talkin' to me ?"
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  12. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    I thought wagon when I got behind one, but then I think tall wagon when seeing today's SUVs.

    In photos, the apparent difference between the crossover Focus we were going to get, and the outgoing hatchback were roof rails.
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  13. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I didn't see the photos , but it's easy to put roof rails and bigger-than-you-need wheels and tires on a hatchback
    and call it a "crossover". Crosstrek ? The Mazda CX-3 is really just a 3 with bigger wheels and one more inch ground clearance.
    Anything that hurts efficiency , people will buy.
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  14. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    The higher seating position of an suv is a benefit for some, especially of the senior persuasion (eg. my parents). But this still doesn't count because it's not any higher.

    Hyundai Kona: 164″ L x 71″ W x 61″ H
    Toyota Prius: 180″ L x 69″ W x 58″ H
    Honda Fit: 162″ L x 67″ W x 60″ H
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  15. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I am of the "senior persuasion" (but I prefer the term "old fart" ) and I don't feel the need for a higher vehicle.

    Maybe it's the fat or gimpy that find it difficult to get into or out of a sensibly-sized vehicle.

    The Kona ? Not extremely tall , but taller than I like.
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  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Hyundai’s all-electric KONA has set a new Guinness World Record by driving to an altitude of 18,802.5 ft ASL (5,731 meters) on the Sawula Pass in Tibet, breaking the previous record of 18750.9 ft. by another electric car.

    2020 Hyundai Kona Electric


    In select Indian cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai), a Special KONA Electric fleet (KONA Electric to KONA Electric) fitted with a power converter is providing emergency charging support to customers. For customer convenience, all Hyundai KONA Electric selling dealerships are equipped with 7.2 kW AC Charger.

    With this feat, the KONA Electric has proven itself as a truly reliable BEV in extreme conditions. During the expedition, The KONA Electric performed as a true SUV on harsh weather conditions including low temperatures, continuous snowfall and icy tarmacs. The Green car is a true performer and record making First Electric Vehicle to reach highest altitude.

    During the drive, the KONA Electric was charged through the convenient portable chargers. The car was charged overnight with the standard portable charger provided along with the vehicle. While descending from peaks, the smart power regeneration system in the vehicle extended the driving range.


    The Kona’s 201 hp (150 kW) electric motor can propel the Kona Electric to 60 mph in just 7.5 sec. The 64-kWh Li-Ion traction battery allows the Kona a range of 258-miles on our own EPA.

    The 100 KW L3 DC fast charging capability allows the Kona to charge from 0 to 80 percent in just 54-minutes from flat to 80 percent SoC on a L3 100 kW charger. On the included 7.2 kW L2, 9-hours and 35-minutes from flat to full.

    In India, the KONA Electric includes a 3-Year/Unlimited miles bumper to bumper warranty and an 8-Year/99,200 mile warranty on the High Voltage Battery.

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  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hyundai and Kia Increase EV Efficiency with New Heat Pump Technology

    2020 Hyundai Kona BEV

    The Heat Pump HW exposed.​

    Hyundai and Kia revealed new details of their innovative heat pump system, deployed in Hyundai and Kia’s global electric vehicle (EV) line-up to maximize all-electric driving range in lower temperatures.

    Hyundai and Kia’s heat pump is a leading heat management innovation that maximizes the distance that Hyundai and Kia EVs can travel on a single charge, scavenging waste heat to warm the cabin. It enables EV drivers to heat their car’s cabin in cold weather without significantly impacting electric driving range, unlike other EVs.

    The technology was first introduced in 2014 on the first-generation Kia Soul EV. Comprising a compressor, evaporator and condenser, the heat pump captured waste heat given off by the vehicle’s electrical components, recycling this energy to heat the cabin more efficiently. The technology meant the Soul EV’s 112-mile WLTP electric range was protected in cold weather driving conditions.

    The industry-leading heat pump system has now been improved for new EVs from Hyundai and Kia. The new system scavenges waste heat from an increased number of sources for optimum cold-weather EV range. These innovations mean that Hyundai and Kia EVs offer more consistent range in temperatures where other EVs start to see a significant decline in the distance possible from a single charge. Equipped with the latest heat pump technology, the Kona Electric proved this in a recent test in Norway, the most advanced EV market in the world.

    Kona Electric wins Norwegian real-range validation test

    The Norwegian Automotive Federation (NAF) recently compared 20 EVs in cold and warm weather conditions to identify models with the most consistent driving range and charging performance. The test monitored the performance deviation of each vehicle in cold conditions compared to quoted manufacturer figures.

    The Kona Electric took first place, travelling 251 miles in the cold – compared to the 278-mile quoted under WLTP combined cycle testing conditions (73°F). In severe cold weather, the Kona Electric offered 91 percent of its WLTP combined cycle range, deviating just 9 percent from its claimed all-electric driving range.

    How it works: EV cabin heating without the energy drain]

    Hyundai and Kia’s heat pump technology made its debut six years ago on the first-generation Kia Soul EV. Since then, the industry-leading heat pump technology has been developed further for new EVs from Hyundai and Kia. It now harvests significantly more energy by recycling additional waste heat not only from power electrics (PE) modules (such as drive motors, on-board chargers, and inverters), but also from the battery pack and slow charger.

    The system uses the heat generated by these components to vaporize refrigerant from liquid to gas form. High-pressure gas is discharged from the compressor and forced into a condenser to be converted back into a liquid. This process generates additional heat energy that is recovered by the heat pump and used to warm the cabin.

    This captured energy improves the efficiency of the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system, recycling it to more efficiently heat up the cabin and minimize battery power consumption. By reducing the load on the battery, the heat pump cuts energy consumption from the HVAC system, maximizing the available electric driving range of the car.

    Hyundai and Kia continue to develop their heat pump technology to yield even greater improvements in energy capture and efficiency. The system has been gradually refined since its 2014 introduction through extreme cold weather testing in Northern Sweden, where temperatures can get as low as (-31°F) in the winter. By testing in extreme cold temperatures, research engineers have identified additional ways to recycle as much waste heat as possible to increase the efficiency of the heat pump system. Testing the technology in these conditions ensures the heat pump is capable of operating in even the coldest environments.

    Battery pack heat management enhances EV driving range

    The heat pump is one of a number of innovations found in Hyundai and Kia’s current generation of EVs, with heat management also used to realize major improvements in EV battery packs.

    A water-cooling system for Hyundai and Kia’s EV battery packs, rather than conventional air cooling, have yielded further increases in range without increasing physical dimensions. This development means battery cells in Hyundai and Kia EVs can be packaged much more tightly, with water-cooling channels taking up less space than air-cooling channels, increasing battery density by up to 35 percent.

    This innovation means the latest EVs from Hyundai and Kia offer around twice as much driving range and battery capacity compared to the their first-generation EVs – and are capable of travelling significantly further on a single charge. For example, the first-generation Soul EV offered owners an electric driving range of around 180km from a single charge of its 30kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The second-generation Soul EV, with a 64kWh battery occupying a similar amount of space, is capable of traveling up to 386km on a single charge.

    A study carried out by Korea’s Ministry of the Environment on the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV found that the heat pump significantly reduced battery consumption in cold conditions. When each car was driven in temperatures of -7°C (19°F) with the HVAC system activated, they were able to maintain 90 percent of their driving range compared to journeys undertaken at an ambient 26°C (79°F) – setting a new benchmark for other EVs. By contrast, many EVs offered by other manufacturers saw their total electric driving range drop by between 18 and 43 percent under the same test conditions.

    Further development of heat pump technology

    Hyundai and Kia continue to hone and improve the heat pump system and other heat management innovations, with the technologies currently informing the development of next-generation EVs from each brand.

    Under its ‘Strategy 2025’ plan, Hyundai Motor aims to sell 670,000 battery EVs and FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicles) annually and become a top-three EV manufacturer by 2025. Kia’s mid- to long-term strategy, dubbed ‘Plan S’, will see the brand’s line-up grow to 11 EVs over the same timeframe.

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