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KONA Electric tops ‘Real Range’ test for zero-emission cars

Hyundai’s KONA Electric achieved a range of 259 miles on a single charge in the What Car? test

Hyundai Motor has achieved two top results in the first What Car? Real Range tests for electric vehicles.

In the motoring magazine’s evaluation, which complements its ‘True MPG’ tests for petrol and diesel cars, the KONA Electric achieved a ‘real-world’ figure of 259 miles on a single charge – the longest driving range of any car tested.

Elsewhere, the Hyundai IONIQ Electric was also ahead of the competition, scoring the highest result for electric car efficiency, travelling 3.9 miles for every kWh of energy consumed.

The KONA Electric equipped with a 64-kWh battery pack was tested by What Car? along with 13 other zero-emission cars at the Millbrook Proving Ground test track, in a mixed range of driving conditions. Its range was the equivalent of driving from London to Snowdonia on a single charge, and at a cost of just 3.3 pence per mile.

Results of the What Car? testing comes just a few months after KONA Electric was crowned ‘Affordable Electric Car of the Year 2018’ by Auto Express magazine.

IONIQ Electric scored a second success for the brand in the new Real Range tests, achieving the highest energy efficiency and lowest cost-per-mile rating of any car tested.

The zero-emission IONIQ covered an impressive 3.9 miles per kWh – 11% further per unit of energy than any other model from a different brand. It achieved a ‘real-world’ range of 117 miles in the What Car? test, at a cost of just 3 pence per mile.

President and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK Tony Whitehorn said: “Hyundai’s IONIQ Electric provides a cleverly-packaged, responsive driving experience and is the world’s first car offering three electrified powertrains; hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric. The latter offers outstanding performance and pure e-mobility through a 28-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, with instantly-available maximum torque of 295 Nm delivered by an 88 kW (120 PS) electric motor.”

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