Considering that our local automotive landscape is way behind when it comes to electrification, you could say that electric vehicles are very much unicorns on local streets. We tend to forget that there are already electric versions of some newer vehicles we have otherwise already seen sporting conventional internal combustion, and it is only during shows like the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) that we get a chance to see the electric side of things.
Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) has revealed the electrified version of their new small crossover, the Kona at MIAS 2019. What is otherwise sold as a 2.0-liter inline-four propelled crossover, the Kona EV is instead powered by an electric motor capable of 200 PS and a punchy 394 Nm of torque. With a claimed maximum range of over 400 km on a single charge of its lithium-ion polymer batteries, the electric version of the Kona sure sounds enticing – albeit being limited to use around the metro only.
Being powered by a new means of propulsion also means the Kona Electric needs to keep up to date with amenities and functionality. A 7-inch display carries audio AM/FM radio along with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay integration for in-car entertainment and navigation. Charge times vary depending on available chargers. The standard 7.2kW onboard charger takes 9 hours and 35 minutes to get to full charger while a 50kW quick charger takes a relatively short 75 minutes from 0 to 80% charge. If a 100kW quick charger is available, that time cuts down to just 54 minutes.
Seeing as there is a lack of infrastructure around the metro and the country for electric vehicles, Hyundai may have to think very carefully about how the Kona Electric will possibly sell here. That aside, it looks like they have a viable option for an electric runabout around town.
Prices for the Kona are as follows:
2.0 GLS 6AT 2WD: PhP 1,118,000
Kona Electric: PhP 2,388,000