Hyundai’s Kona Electric has been awarded the maximum possible rating by Green NCAP. The all-electric sub-compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) received top marks from the independent organisation that ranks vehicles based on their energy efficiency and emissions. As a consequence Green NCAP gave the Kona Electric a five-star rating, the highest score possible.
Green NCAP is an independent initiative which aims to promote the development of clean and energy-efficient cars that aren’t harmful to the environment. The organisation uses a broad range of tests that go above and beyond legislative testing, and through consumer information rewards manufacturers whose vehicles go beyond the minimum requirements.
The rating was based on three indices, each of which contained several metrics including clean air, energy efficiency and greenhouse gases. As a zero-emissions vehicle, the Kona Electric received top marks for clean air and greenhouse gases. It also ranked high on energy efficiency. Out of 24 vehicles rated in 2020, the Kona Electric is one of just two vehicles to achieve the maximum score. This great news for Hyundai who also saw their IQONIC awarded five stars by Green NCAP in 2019.
Green NCAP said: “As with all other pure electric vehicles, there are no tailpipe emissions so the car is assured of maximum points for clean air and greenhouse gases. Even electric cars have to consume energy to move but the Kona’s efficiency remains within the zone for which maximum points are scored which is 30 kWh/100 km.”
Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “We’re delighted that the Kona Electric has received a five-star rating in the Green NCAP assessment. This underlines that our all-electric SUV is not just environmentally friendly in terms of being a zero-emission vehicle, but also a strong product with excellent efficiency.
“This achievement is a noteworthy accomplishment in our ‘Year of Electrification’ and is further evidence of our industry-leading position in the field of future mobility.”