Hyundai has several alternative-fuel vehicles on its lineup these days, but unfortunately, they haven’t become prevalent here in Florida yet. We’re hopeful that vehicles like the Ioniq Electric and Kona Electric will make their way here to the Brevard County area soon, and perhaps this recent achievement will go a long way to that end – the Hyundai Kona Electric was recently named the Best Small Family Car in the first-ever TopGear Electric Awards.
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“Following its launch in 2018, Kona Electric has continued to prove itself as an affordable zero-emission all-rounder, combining practicality with range and performance. The most recent updates have brought enhanced connectivity and a three-phase on-board charger, making the overall package even more compelling. We are delighted that TopGear has acknowledged the strengths of Kona Electric, adding to the many previous awards for this remarkable car.”
– Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice Marketing and Product, Hyundai Motor Europe
TopGear Electric Awards
In the automotive world, TopGear is definitely seen as a trusted source, so the company’s inaugural award ceremony for electric vehicles is a big deal for the electric market. In December of last year, TopGear magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Charlie Turner utilized the European rapid charger network to drive a Hyundai Kona Electric on a 1,600-kilometer trip from the Czech Republic through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Holland.
The trip was a 24-hour-long drive in which he was able to charge the Kona Electric with 316kWh of electricity up to 80% at a time. In the end, the Editor-in-Chief gave the Kona Electric high marks in efficiency, long-distance capability and for its smooth, effortless performance. While we’re still waiting to hear when the Hyundai Kona Electric might be available here in Florida, we’re hopeful this award does a lot to start spreading the all-electric subcompact crossover to even more marketplaces.
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