Hyundai Motor successfully demonstrated its leadership in electrified mobility as three KONA Electric vehicles set a new range record.
Over the course of a three-day range mission, the pure electric subcompact SUVs each traveled 1,018.7, 1,024.1 and 1,026.0 kilometers (km), exceeding the goal of 1,000 km on a single battery charge.
Each distance also represents a record in terms of 64 kWh battery capacity, as the power consumption figures of 6.28, 6.25 and 6.24 kWh per 100 km were well below the standard value of 14.7 kWh per 100 km determined by the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).
The nearly 35-hour test took place at Lausitzring, a racetrack in northeast Germany.
Dekra, a European vehicle inspection company that has operated at Lausitzring since 2017, monitored the test process and vehicles, recording 36 driver changes.
All vehicles used in the test were factory-spec and unmodified, equipped with standard Nexen N Fera SU1 low rolling resistance tires in the 215/55R17 size.
Each vehicle’s air conditioning and entertainment systems remained off, with available power used solely for propulsion. Only the daytime running lights remained on to comply with the legal requirements for road traffic.
During the test an average speed between 29 and 31 km/h was maintained to mimic typical inner-city traffic speeds in Europe. On the third day, the vehicles managed to cover over 20 km with only 3 percent residual capacity.
At zero percent charge, the vehicles continued to drive for several hundred meters before running out of power and coming to a stop.
The test confirmed what many of the customers already knew: that it is a reliably efficient and eco-friendly lifestyle SUV that is practical for everyday use.
Reference – Clean Technica, Auto Bild Magazine, InsideEvs, Hyundai Online Newsroom