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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Priced to Sizzle

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Electric-vehicle shoppers have more options than ever, and Hyundai added one more with the electric version of its Kona subcompact SUV. The good news: It starts at $37,495, including destination and before a $7,500 federal tax credit for plug-in vehicles. After the full tax credit, in other words, the Kona’s net price is slightly less than $30,000. That’s about $9,000 more than the base gasoline Kona.

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The automaker’s first electric SUV gets power from a 201-horsepower electric motor that makes 291 pounds-feet of torque. It gets juice from a 64-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery pack that sends power to the front wheels. The combination has an estimated 120 mpg-equivalent for combined city/highway mileage, and it’s good for 258 miles of all-electric range by EPA estimates.

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That’s competitive. It outdistances the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV by 20 miles and the 2018 Nissan Leaf by a substantial 107 miles. It’s also more than double the range of Hyundai’s own 2019 Ioniq Electric, which gets just 124 miles of range. The Chevrolet Bolt EV starts at $37,495 before any tax incentives, but Chevrolet is expected to run through its sales quota under current legislation for plug-in vehicle tax credits. Once it passes that, credits for Bolt EV purchases will begin to phase out. Hyundai, meanwhile, has yet to approach the quota.

The Leaf starts much lower, at $30,885 before the tax credit.

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The bad news: The Kona Electric will be available in limited places. Hyundai says rollout begins in California in early 2019 and then spreads to other zero-emissions-focused states in the West and Northeast. More information on other trim levels and equipment isn’t available, but Hyundai plans to announce more details soon.

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