Electric vehicles

What we're driving: The Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona
2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV. Photo: Hyundai

This week I got behind the wheel of the plug-in version of Hyundai's new compact crossover SUV, the Kona.

Details: This is an electric vehicle that checks all the boxes. It offers a popular small crossover design, a class-leading 258-mile battery range, 201 horsepower, and 290 lb-feet of torque.

Tesla unveils less expensive Model 3 option

A sign advertisement for the Tesla Model 3 sedan.
A sign for the Model 3 sedan in August. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Tesla announced Thursday night that it's now selling a somewhat less costly, $45,000 version of its Model 3 sedan that has a 260-mile range.

Why it matters: The mass-market Model 3 is critical to the Silicon Valley automakers' future and, more broadly, pushing electric vehicles into the mainstream.