Since the Chevrolet Bolt EV entered production, the electric car has offered the longest EPA-estimated range of a full-line automaker. Alas, Hyundai has stripped Chevrolet of the title.
The EPA has rated the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric at 258 miles of electric range, 20 miles more than the Bolt EV’s 238-mile estimated range. The EPA also released official MPGe ratings for the Korean electric crossover at 123 MPGe city, 108 highway and 120 combined.
Miles Per Gallon Equivalent, or MPGe, is the distance a car can travel electrically on the amount of energy contained in 1 gallon of gasoline.
When the Kona Electric launches, it will be the first Asian vehicle to sport a CCS Combo fast charge port rather than the CHAdeMO standard. Utilizing a 100 kilowatt DC fast charger will juice the Kona Electric’s depleted battery in less than an hour. Otherwise, a 7.2-kw charger will charger the 62-kilowatt-hour battery in roughly 9.5 hours.
The electric powertrain is good for 201 horsepower and 292 pound-feet of torque.
The Bolt EV remains on sale, which gives Chevrolet time to potentially respond. The Kona Electric is expected to launch in later in 2019.