“Hyundai Kona, an electric SUV from the Korean automaker, set a new range record of going over 1000km”
Today Tesla is the largest EV maker in the world with almost no competition. Car companies from all parts of the world do see the potential of this market for EVs which currently is a bit unsaturated to be honest. Now seeing the success of Tesla other big companies are planning to enter the market with mind blowing features in order to get one step ahead of the competition. This time the Hyundai Kona, an electric SUV from the Korean automaker, set a new range record of going over 1000km on a single charge setting a new target for other EV makers to catch up to!
Electric cars have been out there for a while now but the only reason one might not prefer to get one over a gasoline driven one, other than the facts that charging stations are not available everywhere and these doesn’t ‘sound fast’, is because it’s not too convenient for long drives as you can barely go past 500km on a single charge and if the battery is dead then so are you… literally! You don’t have any other option than to tow your ‘electro boy’ back to your home or a nearby charging station. However, Hyundai made the whole world scratch their head when they drove a team of three Hyundai Kona, with a standard battery capacity of 64W and basic Nexen tires, for a total of 1018.7km, 1024.1km and 1036km until all the three cars died out completely setting a new world record. This is double the range you can get from a Tesla Model 3. Yes, there could be other cars which might potentially had a far greater range but the world hasn’t seen such astonishing figures in a mass-produced EV as of yet.
“lowest power consumption of any EV”
Beside this, while trying to set the highest mile range record the trio of the Hyundai Kona(s) also secured another record of the lowest power consumption of any EV being as low as 6.24kWh per 100km. This value is also less than half the 14.7W figure which is considered as standard. But don’t get too excited because to achieve such astonishing figures Hyundai surely had to go extreme with saving power. They’ve going as far as switching everything off such as the air conditioner and even the entertainment displays! While the daytime running lights were turned on in order to maintain European traffic laws but the car topped at only 31 kilometers per hour at max.
It has only been slightly more than a decade that we’ve been introduced to modern electric cars and in my opinion we’re still far from finding the ‘perfect’ EV. But if the technology is improving at rates this fast then albeit EVs are going to replace gasoline driven cars faster than you think and perhaps within the next decade or so and companies like Hyundai will be able to step further towards its goal of going fully electric within 2025.