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Hyundai’s Kona SUV to go electric for 2018

Wednesday 14 June 2017, By Autovolo

Hyundai’s Kona SUV to go electric for 2018

Hyundai’s Kona SUV to go electric for 2018

Hyundai is to introduce an all-electric version of its just-announced B-Segment Kona SUV next year.

The Kona is the newest addition to Hyundai’s successful SUV range, which has been responsible for 1.4 million sales in Europe since the launch of the Santa Fe in 2001. 

At the Kona’s reveal in Seoul, South Korea, Hyundai Motor Company’s vice chairman Euisun Chung spoke about the brand’s electric future: “We are targeting a mass production of EV from next year. The Kona EV may be able to go over 390km (242 miles) using all-electric power.”

It was also announced that the manufacturer would be working on fuel cell vehicles, as a part of plans to introduce 30 models by 2020 in order to achieve the brand’s goal of ‘clean mobility’.

Hyundai says that it intends to create a pair of SUVs designed to sit at either end of the market. The first, an A-segment car, will be targeted at younger drivers. At the other end of the spectrum, an E-segment vehicle will sit above the Santa Fe in the Hyundai four-wheel-drive range; however, it is not set for sale in the UK.

Chung continued: “Our plan is to come up with an A-segment SUV – smaller than the Kona – by 2020 and so we want to embrace A-segment to E-segment. We’re also planning to roll out an E-segment SUV that’s bigger than the Santa Fe. We want our line-up to reflect our customers’ needs.”