Monday, December 5, 2022
News Three Hyundai Kona EVs Top 1,000 km in Hypermile Range Run

Three Hyundai Kona EVs Top 1,000 km in Hypermile Range Run

Three Konas driven past 1,000 km on a single charge

  • 1,026 km for the longest-runner on a single charge

  • Test drives over three days in Germany


A trio of Hyundai Kona EVs have set what the automaker is calling a new range record. Three of the compact crossovers topped 1,000 km in a three-day test totalling 36 driver changes and zero trips to a wall plug.

Hyundai took the three stock 64 kWh Kona Electrics to the Lausitzring in Germany, a test and race track that let them run the Konas in controlled conditions. But not climate controlled, since, despite 29-degree temperatures, none of the drivers chose to use the air conditioning and chance losing some range.

While driving the 200 hp Konas with their stock Nexen tires, the drivers kept their average speeds over the distances to between 29 and 31 km/h. Yes, that’s slow, but Hyundai said that it “had to be achieved in typical inner-city traffic conditions, including rush hour and traffic light changes, as well as in the 30 km/h zones of residential areas.” So they simulated real-world urban driving. While EVs do better in town than on the highway thanks to regeneration, this is still an impressive distance if a disappointing pace.

With one team from German car magazine Auto Bild, one of Hyundai Germany mechanics, and one made of up marketing staff, the three Kona EVs managed to use approximately just 6.25 kWh/100 km, impressively better than the WLTP estimate of 14.7 and letting them hit 1,018.7, 1,024.1, and 1,026.0 km in total distance travelled.

We’re not sure what qualifications Hyundai is putting around this record, though, because we’ve seen reports in the past of Tesla Model S cars managing longer distances, but we’ve certainly not seen a production crossover hit this figure. So if you’re ready to drive slowly, you can cover a whole lot of distance in a Kona EV, the best-selling battery-electric SUV in Europe.

Trending Now

Volkswagen May Team Up with Foxconn to Build Scout Vehicles

Taiwanese Foxconn is currently building the Lordstown Endurance pickup. Volkswagen announced the return of the Scout brand last May. Volkswagen is actively shopping for...

VinFast Opens its First Store in Quebec

It is located at the Carrefour Laval. This is VinFast’s second Canadian outlet. Vietnamese automaker VinFast is powering its way onto the Canadian, and...

Lightyear Begins Production of the First Solar-Powered Car

The first production unit of the Lightyear 0 rolled off the assembly line yesterday. About 150 pre-orders have been received according to the...

Ford and Lincoln will be Absent from Every Canadian Car Show in 2023

The automaker mentions the fast pace of changes in the automotive industry to justify its decision. Car shows have been declining in popularity...

Honda will Make a Hydrogen-Powered SUV Based on the CR-V in 2024

This model will be built at the company’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio. It will be the first hydrogen vehicle that can also...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.