The Hyundai Kona Electric, a small crossover, provides 258 miles of driving range on a single charge. That puts the Kona Electric alongside the Chevy Bolt as one of the most affordable and longest range EVs. A Long Range Tesla Model 3 beats them both, but comes with a steeper price tag.
The Kona, a compact crossover about the size of a Honda HR-V or Jeep Renegade, has a youthful vibe. Its 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space also makes it a practical daily commuter. The Kona EV puts a single 201-horsepower electric motor on the front wheels to grant brisk acceleration and a top speed of 104 miles per hour.
The Kona Electric is available in three trim levels. The base SEL features cloth upholstery, heated front seats, and a push-button start. Upgrade to the Limited version to add leather seats and a sunroof, or the Ultimate package to include ventilated front seats, navigation, and adaptive cruise control.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric and plug-in hybrid
The Hyundai Ioniq compact hatch was available as either a pure EV, a plug-in hybrid, or a conventional gas hybrid. The all-electric version provides 170 miles of driving range, while the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid allows drivers to travel 29 miles on battery power before the gas engine is used.
Regardless of powertrain, the Hyundai Ioniq is a handsome hatchback with a sporty feel. The Ioniq measures a foot longer than the Chevy Bolt and offers five more cubic feet of cargo than a Prius liftback.
With an EPA rating of 133 MPGe, the Ioniq Electric is one of the most efficient vehicles on the road. The stellar efficiency carries over to the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid for both its electric and internal-combustion operations. After the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid’s first 29 miles running on the battery pack, it offers an impressive 52 mpg when powered by gasoline.