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Hyundai Kona Electric details leaked ahead of reveal

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Hyundai has begun taking pre-orders for the Kona Electric in South Korea, hinting at a model range which is likely to be echoed when it launches in Europe this summer.

The Kona Electric will offer a choice of 64kWh and 39kWh battery options

The Kona Electric will offer a choice of 64kWh and 39kWh battery options

Chief specifications include a choice of either 64kWh or 39kWh batteries, good for 242 miles (390km) or 149 miles (240km) range respectively.

Power is supplied by a 201bhp (150kW) electric motor, offering more performance than the Hyundai Ioniq Electric’s 118bhp motor, and is likely a similar unit to that used in the latest Hyundai Nexo fuel cell vehicle. This should offer performance similar to the Chevrolet Bolt (coming to left-hand drive markets as the Opel Ampera-e), which has the same power output.

Two trims are available in South Korea – Modern and Premium – both offered with the long and short-range battery options. Pricing in South Korea equates to roughly £28-£32,000, though when it arrives on sale in the UK this might be reduced further with the Government’s Plug-in Car Grant.

Kona Electric will be equipped with electronic gear buttons, a feature of Hyundai Motor’s electric cars, and incorporates a 7-inch colour TFT-LCD cluster to create a differentiated interior design from the non-electric Kona. European specifications, and the exterior design, will be revealed online at the end of February.

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Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.