Spied: Hyundai Kona EV sighted recharging its batteries

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Electric-powered Hyundai Kona prototype seen with heavy camo

Hyundai's latest B-segment crossover may soon be available with electric power it seems. Spotted by our spies recharging its batteries, the Kona EV prototype could serve as Hyundai's smallest EV offering when it hits production.

Slated to be released sometime in 2018, the EV prototype appears relatively the same despite the heavy camouflage. However, our spies do suspect that it may not have a front grill since it will not have an engine to begin with. The rear appears unchanged as well and still carries the familiar taillights.

As far as its electric powertrain is concerned, the Kona EV will be available in two power stages, 39.2 kWh and 64.2 kWh. With the bigger battery, Hyundai expects that the crossover will have a maximum range of 500 km before needing to be recharged. However, under real-life conditions, that range could drop to 300 – 350 km.

We're not sure either if the Kona EV will only come with front-wheel drive or with all-wheel drive. If it goes for the latter route, the Kona EV may come with two electric motors that can power each axle.

Expect to make its world debut in the metal next year.

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