I love to drive, I love the interaction between engine and gearbox, I love the sound of a well-lubricated engine and the scent that comes out of the exhaust pipe.
And I’m hardly the one to do that.
But the future looks a little sad for us who have grown up with cars that demand something and sound of something.
Soon it is called electricity, hydrogen or other forms of propellants and partly or self-propelled cars.
Are we ready for that transition? not yet, but the new technique gnaws quietly into our consciousness.
Electric cars are emerging and car manufacturers are investing billions in new factories, which are going to spray electric vehicles in large quantities in the coming years.
And is it really so terrible? No actually not. Tesla has many enthusiasts, and the new Jaguar I-PACE has become a huge success.
Cars at the expensive end, yes, but new electric cars show up, and the prices coming down there, how many can join.
And soon the question is man and man between how fast the car can drive and how fresh it is from 0-100 km / h. No, now it\’s the scope that is the big topic of conversation.
It has long been the problem for electric cars, but now something happens.
For the second time in a while I have just had the opportunity to test the new Hyundai Kona Electric, which is among the five cars that are struggling to become the Car of the Year in Denmark in 2019, and it sets new standards.
300 kilometers on motorway and just under 500 kilometers in mixed driving. It can be used for anything.
Several tests at everyday use have shown that the numbers for range are roughly, plus-minus a few kilometers.
The weakness of electric cars is that you can\’t just drive a trip to Aunt Karen if you come home from work with empty batteries.
But if there is a fast charger nearby, you can charge the batteries up to 80%. In 54 minutes, at home it takes nine hours and 34 minutes.
Hyundai Kona Electric is a high-legged and lightweight car with lots of electronic features. you can use the toggle paddles behind the steering wheel to brake and thus drive without using the brake and at the same time pick up energy for the batteries.
A cool finesse!
The comfort is high in Kona, no motor and transmission noise, the seats are supportive and there is good visibility all around.
Kona Electric weighs 1743 kg, 400 kg more than the other versions, and you can feel it quickly passing through the turns where it moves a little more, but with normal driving there are no loops in the roller.
Hyundai Kona Electric will be launched on January 12 at a price of $41,098 with a 34 kW battery and from $45,512 for the model with the large 64 kW battery, which gives the long range.
The power is 204 horsepower and the acceleration from standing to 100 is done in just 7.6 seconds. These are GTI achievements if anyone bother to hear about it.
With a range of 500 kilometers, Kona Electric can easily be used as the family’s primary vehicle, while the small battery is more obvious as the family’s second car.
Included in the price of Kona Electric is a charger from Clever with unlimited charging at home and on the go for $91 a month.
The skin is available in many different color combinations, but you must be aware that there may be up to six months of waiting if you have special requests.
As a second, Hyundai Kona Electric has a five year total warranty, and eight years on the battery. And don’t fear that the entire battery pack at the bottom of the car will need to be replaced once you have to sell it, because the slats in the battery can be replaced individually if they lose power.