Hyundai has decided to give the Kona Electric an update, which comes just a year after the model went on sale in Europe. The updates largely involve the car’s electric powertrain and available equipment, with deliveries set to begin in Europe from the end of 2019.

The biggest change is the switch to an 11 kW three-phase onboard charger from the previous 7.2 kW unit, which the carmaker says will result in significantly shorter charging times using public 3-phase AC (Type 2 connector) charging stations or with a compatible wallbox.

Unfortunately, Hyundai did not reveal the revised charging times for the upgraded Kona Electric. As a point of reference, with the 7.2 kW onboard charger, the EV takes six hours 10 minutes to charge the standard 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, or nine hours 40 minutes for the long-range 64 kWh battery.

The rest of the powertrain should remain as before, with fast DC charging support via CCS, where a 50 kW charger will see an 80% state of charge be reached in 57 minutes for the 39.2 kWh battery and 75 min for the 64kWh battery. The larger battery is linked to a 204 PS electric motor, while the smaller battery has 136 PS instead.

Beyond the new onboard charger, the Kona Electric also gains Blue Link telematics, allowing for a variety of connected car services like pre-conditioning, remote functions and vehicle diagnostics, among others. Customers can also specify a new 10.25-inch AVN system, similar to that in the Ioniq, as well as rear heated seats.