Hyundai-Kia has been adamant about swinging into the electric-car segment. Kia debuted the Niro EV concept at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show with 238 miles of range, not so coincidentally the same figure at the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV.
However, Hyundai’s next act could leapfrog Chevy’s pride and joy. Hyundai released a teaser image for the Kona Electric, and the European press release mentioned 292 miles of range under the new European World Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). The cycle replaces the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle), which has always lagged behind real-world estimates. The new cycle, though, will still likely overshoot EPA ratings.
We’ll likely see a Kona Electric range around 240 miles or more.
The release also explained that there will be two powertrains for the Kona Electric, one will likely achieve the figure to outgun the Bolt EV.
We don’t know what GM and Chevy have on deck for the Bolt EV in the years to come, but we do know two new all-electric cars will arrive in less than 18 months. One of them will likely be a more premium electric crossover for the Buick brand.
It’s game on for the electric-car market.