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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.

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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

James Duncan. Very good at horsing around....

2015-isuzu-james500xJames has been with Bowater Hyundai & Isuzu since early in 2014, having come through the industry since his first job as a vehicle groomer back in 2002. Over that time he has certainly seen technology change, and is able to point you in the right direction with matching you up with the vehicle that will best suit your needs. He has his finger on the pulse and knows how to take control of the reigns!

Born and bred in Nelson, James grew up in Wakefield and attended Waimea College. He has kept true to his country roots, having competitively ridden horses since he was 5. He now competes on a national level, often travelling to events such as the Horse of the Year with his horse and his executive horse float. Got a question about towing a horse float - James is your man! He has towed more horse floats in his time than most, and has got the full run down on towing statistics. Click here to contact James directly.

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