Hyundai launch all-new Kona Electric

Electric vehicles are undoubtedly the way of the future and Hyundai NZ is leading the charge. After the New Zealand launch of its Kona late last year, Hyundai has added an all-electric, zero-emission model to the SUV range. Thought to be something of a milestone in the EV market the all-new Kona Electric is the first compact e-SUV to launch in New Zealand.

Hyundai New Zealand General Manager Andy Sinclair says, “The Kona Electric cleverly blends ground-breaking electric vehicle technology with New Zealand’s favourite body style, the SUV. We are excited to launch a true zero-emission electric driving option which doesn’t compromise on the design, style and space that sets Kona apart from the crowd.”

In the short term, New Zealand will only take the extended range 64kwh version of Kona Electric with a realistic ‘real world’ driving range of over 400 km on a single charge. The battery can be charged from empty to 80% in just 75 minutes using a DC rapid charger.

Sinclair adds, “The driving range of over 400km is really significant when considering a typical outdoors kiwi lifestyle. We wanted to ensure that an owner in Auckland can head off for a weekend in the Coromandel and drive back to Auckland – all on a single charge.”

The new Kona Electric model is a direct development of the technology from the award-winning IONIQ, which launched in February 2017 and was the top selling new EV in New Zealand last year. The IONIQ received more than five New Zealand Car of the Year category awards in 2017.  

The Kona Electric is priced from $73,990 plus on road costs and features a host of standard equipment in line with the Kona, such as the SmartSenseTM safety package, Hyundai’s comprehensive suite of active and passive safety technologies including the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist and Blind Spot Collision Warning. 

The car’s ‘infotainment’ system has connectivity through both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® accessible by the dash mounted LCD touchscreen with simple and seamless integration of the owner’s smartphone.

The Elite model will retail for $79,990 plus on road costs, and includes all of the features of the Entry model plus it comes equipped with an eight-speaker premium sound system by Krell, Leather Interior (instead of Cloth), Heads Up Display, Power front seats, 8” Touchscreen Display (instead of 7”), Heated & Ventilated front seat, Heated Steering Wheel, LED Headlights with Smart High Beam function and Front Parking Sensors.

Kona Electric arrives as New Zealand’s EV charging network undergoes rapid expansion that is encouraging more New Zealand businesses and public to adopt EVs as part of their vehicle fleets.

NZ customers can now pre-order from www.hyundai.co.nz/preorderknowev, a local Hyundai dealership or call 0800 HYUNDAI (498 632).