​​Hyundai Motor unveils electric version of Kona subcompact SUV

Park Sae-jin Reporter Posted : 2018-04-12 14:04 Updated : 2018-04-12 14:04
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SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor unveiled the electric version Thursday of its subcompact sport utility vehicle, Kona, capable of traveling up to 406 kilometers (252 miles) with a full single charge.

Two models mounted with 64-kWh and 39.2-kWh batteries each were showcased at a trade fair in Seoul. The 64-kWh battery takes about 54 minutes to charge on a fast-speed charger and about nine and a half hours on a slow-speed charger.

The electric SUV features driving assistant technologies such as highway driving assistant (HDA)  to provide a semi-automated driving experience.

The cheapest trim comes with a price tag of 46.5 million won (43,481 US dollars) and the expensive trim is priced at 48.5 million won. With government subsidies, a Seoul consumer can buy the cheapest trim for 29.5 million won.

The budget version of Kona Electric with a smaller battery is about 3.5 million won cheaper and has a maximum driving range of 254 kilometers. Hyundai has received preorders for about 18,000 KONA Eelectics from January 15.