Hyundai Motor Company has achieved a new range record of 1,026 kilometres for its Kona Electric model.
Over the course of a three-day range mission, the pure electric small SUVs each travelled 1,018.7, 1,024.1 and 1,026.0 kilometres, exceeding the goal of 1,000km on a single battery charge.
“This mission has proven that our KONA Electric offers outstanding electric performance, efficiency and battery range,” said Michael Cole, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Europe.
“This lifestyle-oriented vehicle will continue to offer customers a range of sophisticated technology and an attractive design of a small SUV in addition to all the advantages of an environmentally friendly electric vehicle.”
The nearly 35-hour test took place at Lausitzring, a racetrack in northeast Germany. Dekra, a European vehicle inspection company that has operated at Lausitzring since 2017, monitored the test process and vehicles, recording 36 driver changes.
The drive teams – one from the renowned German trade magazine Auto Bild and two from Hyundai Motor Deutschland – recorded an average speed between 29 and 31km/h to reflect typical inner-city traffic speeds in Europe.
“With this test, the KONA Electric confirmed what many of our customers already know: it is a reliably efficient and eco-friendly lifestyle SUV that is practical for everyday use,” said Jürgen Keller, Managing Director of Hyundai Motor Deutschland GmbH.
“Customers driving the KONA Electric or other Hyundai EVs can expect to drive long distances without recharging or feeling range anxiety.”