The Hyundai Kona Electric will officially be added to Australia’s growing electric car fleet in coming weeks, following a month of preparation by the South Korean carmaker as it readies to release it’s second electric vehicle in Australia.
The compact electric SUV will join the Hyundai Ioniq, which was launched in Australia late 2018 and was the first sub-$A50,000 car on the Aussie car market, creating hopes that buying interest in Australia may finally reverse, having lagged the rest of the world in the adoption of zero emissions transport.
With 400km real world range, a 64kWh battery, and an expected price range of anywhere from $A53,000-$60,000, the Kona Electric will be available in Ceramic Blue, Chalk White, Dark Knight, Galactic Grey and Pulse Red.
It has the ability to use a 100kW DC fast charger to charge from 0-80 per cent in 54 minutes and comes with a wall cable that means the car can be charged from empty to 100 per cent in a little over nine hours at home (for most this will be overnight).
Hyundai had previously said that the Kona Electric would be available on the Australian market in early 2019, and many expected this would mean within the first three months of the year.
A shipment of vehicles has been present in Australia for some weeks now, with staff attending training events and some dealers showing models to the public.