Hyundai just unveiled their electric SUV, the Kona Electric, and it can travel around 292 miles on a single charge. The company says this vehicle will be the “first fully-electric subcompact SUV on the European market,” and features progressive design, including a closed grille on the front of the car that enhances aerodynamics.


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Hyundai will be releasing short- and long-range models of the Kona Electric, boasting ranges of 186 and 292 miles respectively, according to The Verge. The short-range model includes a 99 kilowatt (kW) electric motor and 39.2 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery, and reaches 60 miles per hour (mph) from zero in around nine seconds. There’s a 150 kW motor and 64 kWh battery in the long-range model, which can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds.

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Both models charge up to 80 percent in 54 minutes at a 100 kW DC fast charger. Via a standard AC outlet, the short-range model will charge up fully in around six hours and 10 minutes, and the long-range model will charge up in around nine hours and 40 minutes due to the larger battery.

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Smart technology can be found throughout the vehicle. Both models will be equipped with semi-autonomous driving and safety technology like adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, and lane keeping assist. A heads-up display provides speed and navigation information. There’s a wireless charging pad for Qi-enabled smartphones in the center console. The car also includes a button type shift-by-wire system so drivers can shift to park, neutral, forward or reverse with the press of a button.

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The car even boasts 21 exterior color combinations — with a two-tone roof and seven distinctive exterior colors, there’s plenty of room for customization.

The Kona Electric is set to hit Europe and South Korea later in 2018. Hyundai has not yet said how much the car will cost.

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Via The Verge

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