Hyundai Sets Distance Record with Kona Electric

If there is one thing that electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers must battle, it is the public’s concern with range. Range anxiety – and you can group that in with lack of charging infrastructure and initial unit cost – is an issue that has to be tackled and there is little doubt that the race is on to develop EVs that have at least as much range per charge as any combustion engine vehicle can muster per tank of fuel.

In recent times, Hyundai has become a leader of the EV pack, with its Kona Electric SUV passing 100,000 global sales. The Kona Electric does have a decent range for an EV – some 450km according to the company – but Hyundai recently demonstrated just how far it could go by pushing three of the models to set a new range record.

Over the course of three days, the units covered 1,018.7, 1,024.1 and 1,026 kilometres respectively, exceeding the goal of 1,000km on a single battery charge. Each distance also represents a record in terms of 64kWh battery capacity, as the power consumption figures of 6.28, 6.25 and 6.24kWh per 100km were below the standard value of 14.7kWh per 100km determined by the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

All vehicles used in the test were factory-spec and unmodified, equipped with standard Nexen N Fera SU1 low rolling resistance tyres in the 215/55R17 size. Each vehicle’s air conditioning and entertainment systems remained off, with available power used solely for propulsion. Only the daytime running lights remained on to comply with the legal requirements for road traffic.

The Konas were travelling at low speeds – an average between 29 and 31km/h – but those do reflect typical inner-city traffic speeds.

“With this test, the Kona Electric confirmed what many of our customers already know: it is a reliably efficient and eco-friendly lifestyle SUV that is practical for everyday use,” said Jürgen Keller, Managing Director of Hyundai Motor Deutschland GmbH.

Source: Motor Trader E-magazine (September 2020)

18 September 2020

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