The Next Hyundai Kona Electric is Getting a 11 kW 3-Phase Onboard Charger
Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co is very happy with the sales numbers of its Kona Electric SUV. The compact electric SUV has received substantial interest from European markets.
Hyundai cites the Kona's long driving range of 258 miles, powerful electric drivetrain and overall aesthetics as the contributing factors to its surging popularity in Europe.
In its first full year of sales, the Hyundai Kona electric managed to become a strong candidate in the popular compact SUV segment by successfully attracting buyers from other segments.
On Thursday, Hyundai said that sales of the Kona EV have exceeded the company's expectations. As a result, the automaker announced that it will be offering the next model year Kona Electric with enhanced specifications.
Among these enhanced specifications will be an 11 kW 3-phase onboard AC charger cable. The new charging system reduces the charging interval while using the standard public 3-phase AC charging stations or the compatible home wall box.
The onboard charger has been designed to enhance the appeal of Kona, by making it more appealing to environmentally conscious customers.
In select markets, Hyundai plans to offer the company's ‘Blue Link' telematics feature on the next Kona Electric.
This feature allows the customers to start their Kona electric using the Blue Link smartphone app, as well allowing a driver to remotely adjust the Kona's climate controls to the desired temperature before setting off. The Blue Link smartphone app can also be used to lock and unlock the car door using a user-defined PIN. Customers can also use Hyundai's Blue Link app to schedule EV charging sessions and receive information on estimated charging times and ranges.
The Blue Link application also functions as a convenient diagnostic tool, notifying the driver of any service that need attention and other useful information, such as the location of where the vehicle was last parked.
Future Kona electric models will also get the company's standard eCall service, which along with the manual eCall button, automatically notifies emergency services in the event of a accident that deploys the vehicle's airbags.
Other options being offered are heated rear seats and a satellite navigation package, which comes with a 10.25 inch center touchscreen display with a wide split-screen graphical user interface.
Hyundai confirmed that deliveries of the enhanced Kona Electric will begin by the end of 2019 across all European markets.
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