The EV revolution continues.
Earlier this year, Hyundai had a good problem on its hands. Its all-new 2019 Kona Electric became a huge sales success in parts of the US, and the South Korean automaker initially couldn't keep up with demand. The EV previously sold out for 2018 in Norway. With its 258-mile range, affordable $37,495 starting price, and fun to drive factor, the Hyundai Kona EV has since been a more desirable choice for many EV buyers over, say, a Chevrolet Bolt.
As far as we know, Hyundai has managed to work out the lack of supply issue and it's a good thing it did because the Kona EV returns for the 2020 model year with a few minor yet welcomed changes.
First up is that the vehicle's premium navigation system display has increased in size from eight inches to 10.25-inches for the Ultimate trim. Next is an improvement to the battery warmer system that comes standard on Limited models. This system, designed to prevent long battery-charging times in cold weather, has an updated Winter Mode. The battery warmer has been improved to better minimize battery power losses as a result of cool temperatures. This is a common issue for EVs and automakers are regularly developing solutions.
For those still concerned with long-term battery strength and overall functionality, Hyundai has got you covered thanks to its 10-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty.
As long as you live in any ZEV-focused state, specifically California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont, then you can buy a Kona EV and have sufficient recharging infrastructure.
An eighty percent charge can happen in only 54 minutes with a Level III quick charge. With a total of 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque, the front-wheel-drive Kona EV returns an EPA-estimated MPGe 132 city, 108 highway, and 120 combined. Hyundai has not yet released official 2020 Kona EV prices but we doubt it'll change much, if at all, from current pricing.