Hyundai Kona Electric coming this month, sub-RM150K estimated price

By CARSIFU | 5 November 2021

PETALING JAYA: More electric cars are making their way to Malaysia. And the latest government incentives certainly play a big part in spurring the move by automakers.

The latest to announce an EV for Malaysia is Hyundai, whose local distributor has confirmed the launch of the Kona Electric in November.

It will be the first all-electric vehicle under the Hyundai brand to make its debut in Malaysia.

The new Kona Electric will be available in two different zero-emissions battery electric powertrains: a long-range version powered by a 64kWh battery with a maximum range of 484km and a 39.2kWh battery basic version with a driving range of 305km, Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test (WLTP) with a single charge.

Pricing is estimated to start under RM150,000 for the basic model with import and excise duty exemptions.

Hyundai Kona Electric - Exterior Flowing Aerodynamic Design

“With the newly announced import and excise duty exemptions, we envisage greater interest in EVs in Malaysia," said Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors managing director Low Yuan Lung.

"The arrival of the Kona Electric is timely as it will provide more choice for consumers who want a more sustainable and greener ride option to help reduce carbon footprint.”

Both variants of the Kona Electric feature an electric motor which delivers a maximum power of 201hp/150kW and 395Nm of torque, accelerating the Kona Electric to 100kph in 7.9 seconds.

It's common knowledge now that electric cars offer instant torque from the get-go

The Kona Electric also features fast charging, making it suitable for long-range travel.

Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery from 10 to 80 per cent takes about 47 minutes using a 100kW direct current (DC) fast charger.

The Kona Electric features an optional 11-kW three-phase on-board charger. This allows for significantly shorter charging times using public three-phase AC charging stations or with a private compatible wall box at home.

Drivers also have the option of charging their car at a compatible regular household power socket using the ICCB-cable (in-cable control box).

The Kona Electric is now even more recognisable with new bold exterior design updates.

Hyundai Kona Electric - Exterior

Among them are new bumpers, lamps, wheel design and colours which gives the Kona Electric a more sophisticated character.

The signature claddings have been refined and now in body colour, thus emphasising the model’s width and stance.

Low, U-shaped skid plate and new DRL design also improve the styling of the Kona.

The interior features a progressive design with a new horizontal layout and new ambient lighting technology in the foot area.

Ambient lighting illuminates the passenger and driver side footwell, emphasising the lifestyle character of the vehicle.

The Kona Electric is now open for booking via Hyundai’s online shopping platform,

More information can be obtained from Hyundai’s Customer Careline at 1-300-13-2000, its official website  or Facebook page.

(Canadian specs)