Hyundai Kona Elec­tric

Kona leaps straight to elec­tric drive.

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Just months af­ter its launch in New Zealand, Hyundai’s small SUV the Kona has added an all-elec­tric model to its range. The move comes as New Zealand’s EV charg­ing net­work un­der­goes rapid ex­pan­sion that is en­cour­ag­ing more New Zealand busi­nesses to adopt EVS as part of their ve­hi­cle fleets. The new zero-emis­sion Kona Elec­tric model builds on the tech­nol­ogy of the IONIQ sa­loon, which launched here in Fe­bru­ary 2017 and was the top sell­ing EV for the year. The tech­nol­ogy-shar­ing has en­abled Hyundai to steal a march on many of its ri­vals, who will have to en­gi­neer or retro-en­gi­neer for elec­tric power if they are to com­pete. There are sev­eral ver­sions of the Elec­tric, but New Zealand will only take the long range 64kwh ver­sion. It will have a ‘real world’ range of around 400 km and is oth­er­wise iden­ti­cal to the other mod­els in the range. The Kona Elec­tric will launch in early July.

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