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The new electric drive shows how the competition for electric cars has shifted towards making long-range vehicles that they buy reluctantly for fear of not getting any juice on a long drive. Kona Electric is "tailored to the needs of customers who pursue an eco-focused, active lifestyle that requires generous reach."
It's a sharp contrast to the first generation of electric vehicles, which had a shorter range than 100 miles from 2010 onwards. The Chevy Bolt has a range of 238 miles. Tesla's luxury vehicles have a range of up to 300 miles, but the new Model 3, which is now being delivered to customers, has a range of 220 miles.
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As for nodding to Tesla, the Hyundai designers gave the front end to the Kona Electric has a similar grille-like appearance that sets it apart from other vehicles on the road.
Its electric motor can produce the equivalent of 201 horsepower and the battery weighs less than 1,000 pounds. It can be recharged in less than 54 minutes by the more powerful chargers. However, it takes almost 10 hours from the more common chargers. The charger is in front, not on the side like many EVs. Hyundai says it will be a more appropriate place for the connection.
In the fourth quarter, it will initially be sold only in California and some other states with the most restrictive emissions regulations.
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August 12, 2020
August 12, 2020