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Reader Adam Christian shared with us these pictures of a few Hyundais on a car transporter, in Glenmarie. The bigger dark coloured SUV is the Hyundai Nexo, while the blue one is a Kona Electric (we know that from the EV’s tailgate badge). There’s another Kona on the truck, and it appears to be a regular one with an internal combustion engine.

Now, we’ve become used to spotting unusual and/or not-for-sale Hyundais in Malaysia – the Korean carmaker operates a regional training centre in Malaysia, and most of these new arrivals are for internal training purposes. However, we have a motor show coming up this week, and the Nexo and Kona Electric might well be exhibits showcasing Hyundai’s latest technology in eco-friendly cars.

These are not concept cars. Unveiled early this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Hyundai Nexo is a hydrogen fuel cell powered EV built on a dedicated architecture. The zero-emissions SUV is claimed to have an estimated driving range of up to 595 km thanks to a larger battery, eclipsing the Tucson FCEV‘s 426 km by a big margin.

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The Kona Electric is one of the most impressive mass market EVs on sale today. Packing a 64 kWh battery, the small crossover has a claimed driving range of up to 470 km, delivering a maximum output of 204 PS/395 Nm. There’s also a basic version with a 39.2 kWh battery, good for 300 km and 135 PS.

Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80% takes about 54 minutes using a 100 kW DC (CCS) fast charger. With the 7.2 kW on-board-charger, charging with AC (Type 2) takes nine hours 40 minutes for the bigger battery pack and six hours 10 minutes for the shorter-range battery pack.

While the Nexo and Kona Electric are likely to be just showcars, the new Hyundai Santa Fe will also be at KLIMS 2018, and that fourth-gen big SUV will soon hit Malaysian showrooms. The ICE-powered Kona is also a possibility for our market. In Singapore, the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 rival comes with a choice of two turbocharged engines – a 1.0L three-cylinder and a 1.6L four-pot.

GALLERY: Hyundai Kona Electric


GALLERY: Hyundai Nexo