New Hyundai Kona Receives "Smart" Charging

You can now control charging from your smartphone.

Two months after the premiere of the restyled Kona with an internal combustion engine, Hyundai has finally updated its electric version. The model has been redesigned and has received new equipment: a large dashboard, an improved infotainment system and the ability to schedule charging time.

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The front of the Kona is now more minimalistic: the crossbar connecting the headlights and the grid pattern in the center has disappeared. The crossover has grown in length by 25 mm and has got LED RDLs, as well as elongated air ducts and new taillights. The wheel arches are now painted in the color of the body, for which nine new shades have been prepared. A black or white roof can be ordered for a surcharge.

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The interior has some new features: a 10.25-inch dashboard instead of a 7-inch one and an infotainment touchscreen of the same size. The system is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that support wireless smartphone connection.

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There is also a “smart” charging that can be controlled via the BlueLink app: it allows you to monitor the battery status, as well as to plan the start and end time of charging. In addition, GPS now displays traffic data based on information stored on the cloud server, plans routes more precisely and shows the nearest available parking lot and its cost.

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The specifications of the Kona Electric are not affected by the upgrade. The standard crossover is still available with an electric motor that produces 136 hp and a 39.2-kWh battery that provides a 305-km all-electric range (WLTP). The top-end version is equipped with a 204-hp engine and a 64-kWh battery that provides 484 km of range. It will take 47 minutes to charge the battery from 10 to 80 percent using a 100-kW device.

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The standard Kona accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.9 seconds instead of the previous 9.3 seconds. The more powerful Kona accelerates in 7.9 seconds (instead of 6.7 seconds). A top speed is 155 km/h and 167 km/h, respectively.

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The Hyundai Kona Electric was released in 2018. Since then, the Korean brand has managed to sell more than 120,000 electric vehicles, 53, 000 of which were sold in Europe.

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In August, the long-range version of the Kona set its own record, having driven more than 1,000 km without recharging. During a 35-hour drive, an infotainment system and air conditioning were turned off in the three test crossovers.

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