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Kona Electric tops real-world driving range test

The Hyundai Kona Electric has come out top of the table in What Car? tests of real-world driving range.

Hyundai Kona Electric

The zero-emission model was tested by What Car? along with 13 others at the Millbrook Proving Ground test track, in a mixed range of driving conditions. It achieved a real-world range of 259 miles – the equivalent of driving from London to Snowdonia on a single charge, and at a cost of 3.3 pence per mile, according to the analysis.

Results of the What Car? testing comes just days after the results of this year’s MPG Marathon were revealed, showing that the Kona Electric – piloted by Fleet World content editor, Jonathan Musk – averaged 5.7 miles per kilowatt-hour of electricity or enough to cover its entire 337-mile route on an 89% charge.

The What Car? analysis also saw Hyundai’s Ioniq Electric score a second success for the brand in the new Real Range tests, achieving the highest energy efficiency and lowest cost-per-mile rating of any car tested. The zero-emission Ioniq covered 3.9 miles per kWh – 11% further per unit of energy than any other model from a different brand. It achieved a ‘real-world’ range of 117 miles in the What Car? test, at a cost of 3 pence per mile.

Tony Whitehorn, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK, said: “The results of the What Car? Real Range tests are a terrific endorsement of our zero-emissions models. These cars are a compelling proposition for both fleet and retail customers, and we’re confident that Kona Electric and Ioniq Electric will continue to attract praise from media and motorists alike.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.