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Why the Hyundai Kona Electric is our Top Plug-In Car of 2018

Written by Media Manager.

05/11/2018 - This article has been taken from a Stuff.co.nz article. We have used our BMG photos. 


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Despite a lot of talk about plug-in vehicles this year, it's still very early days for electric vehicles in New Zealand. The infrastructure is improving, but the cars are few in number and the capital cost is very high.

Logic might dictate this award go to a plug-in hybrid vehicle then, which gives a taste of pure-EV running but keeps a combustion engine in the loop as we adjust to this brave new world.

That might have happened, had the Hyundai Kona Electric not come along and completely recalibrated our expectations of what a pure-EV (or Battery Electric Vehicle, BEV if you like) could offer.

2018 hyundai kona ev

As car enthusiasts we don't think BEVs should be all about range. But it's not an issue with the Kona Electric anyway, which has an official distance-to-flat capability of 486km and will do at least 400km in real-world driving. We know, we've tried it several times. To do any better you'll have to spend the really big bucks on a Tesla.

But Kona doesn't just have bigger batteries than Hyundai's other BEV, the Ioniq. The tech is also more advanced, with Liquid Active Thermal Control and even a heat pump on the top Elite model.

Nor do you really have to compromise on practicality much compared with a "normal" Kona: a little less bootspace, a little less ground clearance.

It's heavier by 236kg, although we reckon that's actually to the benefit of the car's high-speed ride.

About that: Kona is one BEV we wouldn't hesitate to hit the open road in. The eco-tyres don't have a lot of grip, but that's easily fixed with a change of rubber if that's a priority.

Sure, the Kona Electric is still pretty expensive. But so are batteries.

We reckon the Hyundai is a stunning achievement and good value in terms of BEV engineering. Most importantly, it hasn't forgotten to be an actual car as well.

If you can trade off a few kilometres range for a less expensive ride, there's a cheaper 39.2kWh model coming (price to be announced) with an official range of 312km; so let's say around 250km, which is still really good.

AT A GLANCE
Prices: $73,990 (64kWh) to $79,990 (64kWh Elite). Price still to be announced for 39.2kWh model.
Motor: Permanent magnet synchronous motor with lithium-ion battery: 39.2kWh (100kW/395Nm) or 64kWh (150kW/395Nm).
Range: 312-486km.

Written by Stuff

Meet the Bowater Hyundai Team

Ross Prangnell. Bowater Hyundai General Sales Manager.

Ross Prangnell

Ross brings a wealth of experience to the team at Bowater Hyundai and has quickly established himself as a key component to the continued success of our busy showroom.

A recent returner to New Zealand after an extended contract consulting on overall operations to a large Vehicle Group in Papua New Guinea, Ross was very keen to branch out from a lifetime based in and around Auckland. The opportunity to join and lead the busy sales team of Bowater Hyundai in Nelson also offered the chance to embrace all of the great things that our wonderous region is famous for - a stunning landscape, a more relaxed way of life and a great boating community - something Ross is keen to get involved in again. 

Ross is very excited to get involved in our community, meet our customers and shine a light onto the great vehicle range Bowater Hyundai have to offer. Come down and meet him. 

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