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This is the new Hyundai Kona EV, announced today, looking every bit like the kind of car an automaker would be building in this Tesla-versus-everybody world. But wait.

The Kona EV is like the vast majority of EVs from major manufacturers in that it’s exactly like the non-electric version, only with a bunch of batteries jammed into it and an electric motor. It’s still a fine and nice small crossover.

But the EV spec itself isn’t exactly thrilling.

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Hyundai says the long-range version gets a 64 kWh battery pack with 200 horsepower (150 kW) and a claimed range of 292 miles. A low-ranger version with a 39.2 kWh battery pack goes 186 miles and makes do with 132 horsepower.

So this isn’t exactly a Model X rival, the lowest spec of which runs off of a 60kWh setup and makes more power at one axle than the Kona does altogether. Also the Kona won’t cost a ton of money.

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The Tesla Model 3, also, starts with a bigger 50kWh setup, with less claimed range (220 miles) and more claimed power (about 260 horsepower).

But I’m not mad. This car looks more attractive to me than any gas- or diesel-powered version. Moreover, unlike Tesla, I have no reason to believe that Hyundai can’t, you know, hammer this car together according to plan.

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Now we just have to see if Hyundai will bring the Kona EV to the United States. We know we’re getting the internal-combustion version, but the press release for the EV only mentions Europe. Time will tell.

CORRECTION: This post initially stated that the long-range version has a 39.2 kWh battery pack. That’s the spec for the low-range version.