To start with the bad news, Hyundai has not miraculously more than doubled the range of the Kona Electric. However, the brand has left three Kona’s Electric on the 3.2 kilometer long German Lausitszring hypermilen. In hypermiling, the driver of the car has only one goal in mind: to squeeze as many kilometers as possible from a full tank, or in this case a full battery pack. The three Kona’s, which were all equipped with the 64 kWh battery pack and according to Hyundai had not been further modified, each traveled more than 1,000 kilometers. The absolute winner was the bright red copy that covered no less than 1,026 kilometers. The ‘record-Kona’ consumed only 6.24 kWh per 100 kilometers. Considerably less than the value of 14.7 kWh / 100 km determined by the WLTP method. The two remaining Kona’s Electric traveled 1,018.7 and 1,024.1 kilometers. Equally impressive.
Hyundai has made various driver changes and allowed the drivers to make their kilometers at a speed of ‘average city traffic’. The average speed the teams covered over 1,000 km ranged from 29 to 31 km / h. In fact, the three Kona’s and their drivers competed against each other. The climate control could be used, but of course nobody chose to turn on the air conditioning, because that would have irrevocably increased the power consumption. A nice task at a temperature of 29 degrees Celsius … The infotainment system was not used by any team. Incidentally, the Kona’s were on Nexen Nfera SU1 tires with low rolling resistance, which Hyundai itself always assembles ex-factory as standard.