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Hyundai Kona Electric packs epic EV range

For a small crossover, its estimated range figures are well beyond that of its competitors -- if it were to come to the US, that is.

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There will be two versions of the Kona Electric to start.     

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The less expensive variant will pack a 133-horsepower, 291-pound-foot electric motor mated to a 39.2-kWh lithium ion battery, which Hyundai estimates will provide for 186 miles of range by European measurements.    

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That's better than the 2018 Nissan Leaf in its current form.

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The larger lithium ion battery on offer packs a 64-kWh capacity allowing for an estimated range of 292 miles, which launches it ahead of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and straight into Tesla territory.

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Acceleration is improved, as well, dropping the 0-62 time to from 9.3 seconds to 7.6.

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From an aesthetic standpoint, not much changes between the gas and EV versions, save for a fancier-looking grille.    

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Like many other new electrified vehicles, the Kona Electric packs an adjustable regenerative braking system hidden in the shift paddles.   

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Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and wireless phone charging are all on offer.    

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The Kona Electric also comes with Hyundai's SmartSense suite of active and passive safety systems, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and lane-keep assist.

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Sadly, the Kona Electric is not yet slated for sale in the US, but hopefully that changes.

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