Three German Hyundai Kona SUVs recently raced along the German Lausitzring, each exceeding the 1,000-kilometer limit on a single charge.
The Hyundai Kona electric SUV is equipped with a more powerful version with an electric motor with an output of 150 kW, which draws energy from a battery with a capacity of 64 kWh. This combination promised the original version (manufactured in South Korea) a range of 449 km according to the WLTP measuring cycle. However, Kona, manufactured in the Czech Republic, will offer up to 484 km on a single charge thanks to several minor modifications.
During a few rides, we were able to make sure that these were definitely not numbers sucked out of our fingers. Kona is a really capable and practical electric car, with which you don’t even have to worry about traveling from Prague to its home Nošovice on a single charge. In Germany, however, they decided to squeeze the maximum out of Kona.
Three German Horses (with an official range of 484 km) met on the German Lausitzring, whose crews had a simple task: to cover at least one thousand kilometers on a single charge. And we can already tell you that all three crews did it.
At the same time, no forged experts on economical driving sat behind the wheel of the tested cars. One Kona was run by a team of Autobild magazine test drivers, the other team was a technician from Hyundai Motor Deutschland’s after-sales service department, and the third team was made up of people from the company’s press and marketing departments.
The tested machines were completely identical, except for the colors. They wore Nexen Nfera SU1 215/55 R 17 tires with low rolling resistance and it was the duty of each crew to have their daytime running lights on. The next setting of the car was on the crew, but each eventually decided to save energy exclusively for the electric motor, which led to the shutdown of the multimedia system and air conditioning (which was definitely not pleasant during tests at temperatures of about 29 ° C).
The experiment itself lasted almost 3 days and everything was supervised by engineers from Dekra, which operates the circuit. The crews of the vehicles completed a total of 36 changes of drivers and the average speed on the more than 1000 km long route was around 29 – 31 km / h. This is a snail’s pace, but Hyundai adds that drivers in normal city traffic achieve a similar average.
The first warning of low battery capacity was not to appear until the early afternoon of the third day. When the battery capacity dropped below 3%, the car switched to emergency mode, but even that did not prevent drivers from continuing to drive and cover a distance of another 20 kilometers. The electric SUV then gradually stopped with a ramp of 1018.7 km, 1024.1 km and 1026.0 km.
Consumption of 6.28, 6.25 and 6.24 kWh / 100 km appeared on the on-board computer, which is well below the standard consumption of 14.7 kWh / 100 km according to the WLTP methodology. “In this test, Kona Electric demonstrated its potential for an economical and environmentally friendly lifestyle SUV,Says Jürgen Keller, CEO of Hyundai Motor Deutschland GmbH. “These results confirm the suitability of this electric car for everyday operation and also show that concerns about the short range of electric cars should be a thing of the past.“
„The attempt for the longest range showed us a very harmonious cooperation between high-voltage batteries and the power electronics of the Kona Electric model,Says Juan Carlos Quintana, head of a workshop for journalists organized by Hyundai Motor Deutschland. “It is also significant that all three cars tested covered almost the same number of kilometers. This represents extremely small production variations.“