Following on from the revelation that the quoted range of the Kia e-Niro is incorrect, it’s the turn of the Hyundai Kona Electric to get a ‘corrected’ WLTP range.
Just a few days ago, Kia announced that, due to discrepancies in the WLPT testing of the new electric e-Niro, its quoted range was wrong. Not by much, but Kia had to hold its hands up and reveal that instead of a 301-mile range the e-Kona had only 282 miles (for the 64kWh version).
We said at the time that you can probably expect Hyundai to step forward pretty soon to reveal its Kona Electric also had an incorrect range and, bang on cue, that’s what’s happened.
Instead of the initially quoted 300-mile range for the 64kWh battery version, the Kona Electric can actually ‘only’ do 279 miles (and the 39kWh is down from 186 miles to 180 miles).
It’s all a bit embarrassing for Hyundai and Kia, but in the scheme of things it matters little; ‘official’ testing, even under WLPT, is still far from accurate, and the range of both cars is truly useful.
What actually matters is what you get in the real world, and the new Kona Electric has already proved itself with the longest real world range of any EV on sale in the UK with 259 miles, and the e-Niro isn’t far behind with 253 miles.
And used mainly around town it will be even more.