EPA Rates 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Range at 258 Miles

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern
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The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric has a real-world driving range of 258 miles, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA published its economy findings for the Kona Electric this week, rating the fully electric compact crossover at 132 MPGe city, 108 MPGe highway and 120 MPGe combined. It also claims the vehicle will travel 258 miles on a single charge – slightly less than the 310 miles that the European test cycle rated the Kona Electric at.

These figures are for the 64 kWh long-range version of the Kona Electric. This version also has a more powerful motor making 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.6s and top out at 104 mph. The short-range version, which will have a 39.2 kWh battery pack and less powerful 133 hp motor, is not on sale yet. Hyundai predicts the 39.2 kWh version will be able to travel 182 miles between charges – so it should have an EPA-estimated range of around 150 miles.

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Pricing figures for the US-spec Kona Electric are not yet available. In Europe, the crossover starts at 39,000 euro for the long-range version, which is equivalent to $45,000 USD. This is probably not far off from how much the long-range Kona Electric will cost once it becomes available to US buyers. The vehicle may be hard for buyers to get their hands on even when it does go on sale, with high demand in Europe causing a backlog at the factory.

The Kona Electric will expand Hyundai USA’s EV lineup to two vehicles when it arrives on dealer lots in the coming months, joining the Ioniq Electric.

Discuss this story on our Hyundai Kona Forum.

Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • Jim H. Lee Jim H. Lee on Aug 22, 2018

    At least this model doesn't have the extra plastic cladding around the lower headlight module... What to do about the front chicken pox scars?

  • K03sport K03sport on Aug 22, 2018

    so, is this number claim achieved by plopping numbers into a (complex) formula, or a rolling road/dyno test similar to the stationary loops that netted VW the outstanding Diesel mileage, or an actual driving on city streets in real world conditions over several if not a dozen different attempts to come to these claims? I realize the EPA figures are merely what a customer "should" expect, but this claim sound like it is what the customer "will" expect. Some test footage would be nice. YMMV or YROASCMV