Tuesday 17 September 2019

Hyundai and KIA issue corrected figures for electric range of models

Hyundai Kona electric
Hyundai Kona electric
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Both Hyundai and KIA have issued a correction to the official Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) combined-driving range for their latest electric cars.

In Hyundai's case, the Kona electric SUV 39kWh model is to be recalculated with a 289km range.

The 64kWh version will now be on 449kms, the company says.

Meanwhile, Kia Motors Europe has published a correction to its WLTP driving range figures for the e-Niro, which, incidentally, I expect to be driving and reporting on for you next week.

It previously calculated the e-Niro range was 485km for the 64 kWh version and 312km for the standard (39.2 kWh) battery pack.

The e-Niro's new WLTP range is now 455km for the long-range model and 289 kilometres for the standard version.

By way of explanation, KIA said the e-Niro was one of the first cars tested under the new WLTP rules.

It added: "In carrying out the new tests, the independent organisation overseeing the process accidentally provided an incorrect testing methodology and then approved the results it generated.

"This led to the e-Niro being tested for a disproportionate length of time on the urban cycle, resulting in an overestimation of the vehicle's all-electric range."

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