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The 2020 Hyundai Kona EV is a sweet blend of versatility, style, and range

This article was originally published by John Faulkner on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines.

Hyundai got it right when they designed the Kona EV as a crossover SUV, which is the hottest segment in the market and shows no signs of slowing down. The 2020 Hyundai Kona EV Ultimate hits all the sweet spots for anyone looking for versatility, style and a 250+ mile electric driving range. The Tesla Model 3 has sold very well as a sedan, but even Tesla is coming out with a compact crossover SUV, so Hyundai certainly was on to something and ahead of the pack.

Smooth operator

The front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is not an option) Hyundai Kona EV motor produces 201 horsepower and 290 pounds-feet of torque, consistently turning in 0-to-60 times around 6.5 seconds. But when zipping around town, and especially in the Sport mode, the Kona EV felt quicker than that. For more conservative driving with an eye on achieving the EPA’s estimated driving range of 258 miles, the other driver-selectable modes are Eco and Comfort. Eco is the default setting, where you want to be for those extra-long freeway runs, where performance gets in-line behind driving range.

The liquid-cooled 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery pack is replenished through plug-in charging and regenerative braking. The regenerative charging system converts kinetic energy into electric energy, when applying the brakes or coasting, and stores it in the battery. This process can be viewed on a dash gauge where you can watch the power flow into and out of the battery and engine.