2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Electrifies New York Auto Show

In the automotive world, you typically don’t find a combination of a rugged vehicle ready for an active lifestyle and a vehicle that is eco-friendly – until now. Last month, Hyundai introduced the all-new 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, a brand-new electric crossover that can serve as a vehicle for adventures.

Similar to the current gasoline-powered model, the Kona Electric puts out a sculpted, athletic look. Its front fascia has changed, though, with a closed grille that hints at the model’s eco-friendly powertrain. This powertrain will allow the Kona Electric to receive a segment-leading 250-mile estimated range, while putting out 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque.

With this type of range and power, this eco-friendly crossover will appeal to those consumers who are both active and eco-conscious. “Our new Kona Electric crossover is a stylish and efficient compact CUV, tailored to the needs of customers who pursue eco-focused active lifestyles requiring generous range,” explained Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate, and Digital Planning for Hyundai Motor America.

Consumers will also find that each model comes standard with a floating touchscreen, which gives you access to Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, and Hyundai’s Smart Sense suite of safety technologies.2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

The 2019 Kona Electric is not yet available, but here at Hyundai of Longview, we can’t wait to see it in person!

Hyundai Joins with FCA to Advance Hydrogen Engine Technology

We have learned that Hyundai and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be working together to make advancements in hydrogen engine technology. Vehicles powered by hydrogen are usually referred to as fuel-cell vehicles and Hyundai currently sells the Tucson Fuel Cell.

Late last year, at a press conference at the Alfa Romeo Museum, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne stated, “There is the potential of a technical partnership with Hyundai, which already supplies some components and transmissions for the U.S. Let’s see if we find a deal to develop transmissions and hydrogen.”

At Hyundai of Longview, we think car companies working together is a great idea. Sharing ideas and innovations is one of the best ways to advance technology in our industry. And, focusing on hydrogen fuel cells can help make our world a cleaner place to live in.

Fuel cell vehicles are similar to regular cars in that they have an engine and require fuel. However, hydrogen is a much cleaner energy source as it only emits water vapor. In addition, it is one of the most abundant resources on our planet. A couple downsides to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the lack of refueling stations and the cost of the technology.

Thanks to the new partnership between Hyundai and FCA, the green future of mobility will come even sooner.hydrogen engine technology