Hyundai is set to make a significant impact in the electric vehicle (EV) market with the launch of its 2024 Kona Electric. Slated to arrive in the United States by late fall, this new model presents a series of enhancements and practical improvements over its predecessor, the 2023 Kona Electric, marking a step forward in Hyundai's EV evolution.
The 2024 Kona Electric is equipped with a slightly larger 64.8-kilowatt-hour battery, up from the previous model's 64 kWh capacity. This increase, though modest, contributes to an improved range, offering 261 miles on a single charge, according to EPA estimates. This enhancement underscores Hyundai's dedication to gradual yet impactful advancements in electric vehicle technology.
Beyond just extended range, the new Kona Electric also focuses on efficiency, albeit with a marginal decrease in energy efficiency compared to the previous model. The vehicle now consumes energy at a rate of 116 MPGe, or about 291 watt-hours per mile, a slight increase potentially attributed to its larger size, including a longer wheelbase and increased width, which may affect aerodynamics.
2024 Hyundai Kona Electric to feature a larger battery
The charging capabilities of the Kona Electric have also seen notable improvements. The inclusion of a more powerful 10.8-kW on-board charger significantly reduces the full charging time by about three hours. Additionally, the DC fast charging time is quicker, taking only 43 minutes to reach an 80% charge.
The 2024 model introduces innovative features like the i-Pedal mode for one-pedal driving and a Smart Regenerative System that adjusts to traffic conditions. These features, along with the Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) capability, emphasize Hyundai’s focus on enhancing the driving experience in the realm of electric mobility.
Pricing for the new Kona Electric has not been announced yet, but it is expected to be competitive with the outgoing model. However, one drawback is its ineligibility for the $7,500 federal tax credit for imported EVs. Despite this, with the discontinuation of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Kona Electric is poised to capture a significant share of the entry-level EV market segment.