If you look at the current crop of electric cars, taking the main protagonists in turn and simply dividing claimed WLTP battery range into post-government-grant entry-level purchase price in order to produce a rudimentary ‘range-for-the-money’ index of sorts, you certainly produce an interesting column of numbers.
In VW’s e-Golf, for instance, you’re paying only a pound less for every mile of claimed electric range than in a Jaguar I-Pace (£197 vs £198). A Renault Zoe (£129) narrowly beats a Nissan Leaf (£136). But nothing has broken through the £100-a-mile threshold; nothing has really threatened to. Until now.
Priced from £30,495 after the UK government’s current EV purchase incentive, the 64kWh version of the Kona Electric asks you to pay just £102 for every mile in its 300-strong claimed range. It’s game-changing value in that respect.
And, unlike the recently tested Jaguar, it really will go as far as they say on a full battery’s worth of power. At the steady 70mph motorway cruise represented by our touring test, the Kona Electric’s energy efficiency was enough to put 256 miles between charges. But slowing cruising speed to a still-UK-typical 55mph allowed that figure to grow to 326 miles. At exclusively urban speeds, when you know how best to eke out its power, you might even see more than 350 miles of range.