The range of “green” crossovers Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro was too high

The range of “green” crossovers Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro was too high

December 4, 2018 0 By autotimesnews

The “green” version of the Hyundai Kona – Electric crossover debuted in the Old World at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, and in the fall, in Paris, they presented the Kia e-Niro electrocross. Two identical power plants are provided for the models: basic SUVs have a 136-strong electric motor and a battery with a capacity of 39.2 kWh, the top versions are equipped with an electric motor with a capacity of 204 hp and battery capacity of 64 kWh. In the first case, the cruising range was declared at 312 km, in the second – about 485 km, both measured by the WLTP cycle. Now it turned out that these figures are wrong.

As reported by Hyundai and Kia, electric SUV tested some certification agency. This company, whose name is not mentioned, chose the wrong assessment method, because of which the cars drove more time in the urban test cycle – the overall speed and power consumption were reduced. As a result, the previously declared range had to be revised. New indicators: 289 km for crossovers with a battery capacity of 39.2 kWh and about 450 km for cars with a battery capacity of 64 kWh.

Note, Kona Electric is already sold in Europe. For example, in Germany, a “green” crossover with a base battery costs between 34,600 euros. SUV with a battery of 64 kWh there will cost at least 39,000 euros

The Kia e-Niro Cross will reach European dealers at the end of this – early next year. In some places, orders for the model are already taking. For example, in the UK electric Niro will be offered only with a top battery at a price of 32,995 pounds.

Kia announced that the company will contact all customers who have submitted an application for an electric car and will explain to them why the mileage indicators have changed. At Hyundai, no planned measures were reported. Meanwhile, complaints from the owners of Kona Electric did not seem to have been reported.

By the way, it is precisely an error in the tests that can explain the fact that Kia did not name the Soul electrical version of the new generation: just like e-Niro and Kona Electric, this SUV is equipped with a 64 kWh battery and a 204-horsepower engine. It turns out, Soul EV on a single charge will be able to drive 450 km.