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New Hyundai Kona Electric available for sale (2024 update)

The wait for the electric Hyundai Kona is over, and for 2024, it arrives with some exciting updates that solidify its place as a compelling electric SUV option. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know:

Global Availability

While the Netherlands enjoyed a head start in late 2022, the 2024 Kona Electric is now poised for a global launch in 2024. This means you can look forward to getting your hands on this zero-emission SUV regardless of your location (although specific launch dates may vary by region). Pricing details are still under wraps, but expect it to be competitive with the starting price of $43,700 seen in the Netherlands.

Two Battery Options, Impressive Performance

Hyundai offers two battery options for the Kona Electric in 2024: a 48.4 kWh pack and a larger 65.4 kWh unit. The smaller battery is paired with a 114.6 kW electric motor, while the larger one gets a more powerful 160 kW motor. Both configurations deliver a healthy 255 Nm of torque, ensuring a responsive and peppy driving experience.

Efficiency Leader with Extended Range

Hyundai’s reputation for efficiency continues with the Kona Electric. The SUV boasts impressive consumption figures, ranging from 14.6 to 14.7 kWh per 100 km depending on motor power and wheel size (17-inch wheels are most efficient). Opting for the 160 kW model with 19-inch wheels increases consumption to 16.7 kWh per 100 km.

But the most compelling update for 2024 lies in the Kona Electric’s range. The smaller battery delivers a mixed WLTP cycle of 377 km (with 17-inch wheels), which is a significant improvement over Hyundai’s initial estimate of 342 km. The larger battery truly shines, exceeding expectations with a remarkable 514 km range – an improvement over the initial 490 km estimate.

Breaking the 500 km Barrier and Beyond

The 2024 Kona Electric firmly establishes itself in the “over 500 km range” club, a significant advantage for a compact SUV (remembering it measures 4.35 meters long). However, as before, wheel size plays a role. The impressive 514 km range applies to 17-inch wheels, dropping to 454 km with the sportier 19-inch option.

The Choice is Yours: Efficiency or Style?

In some markets, 19-inch wheels might come standard on the top trim, but 17-inchers should be available as an option. The choice ultimately comes down to prioritizing efficiency for maximum range or opting for a sportier look with the larger wheels.

With its combination of efficiency, impressive range, and spacious interior, the 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric is a strong contender in the electric SUV market. So, if you’re looking for an eco-friendly and practical way to get around, the Kona Electric is definitely worth a test drive. Just remember to consider the wheel size to optimize your driving range based on your needs.

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Firas is a Daily News Writer. He's been captivated by the world of electric mobility, the automotive industry, and technology for years. His days are filled with the exploration of news and prominent trends in electric vehicles. Market analysis and the ever-evolving future of EVs hold a special place in his heart. 🚗🔋🌐 #EVEnthusiast

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