The last time I got behind the wheel of a Hyundai it was the NEXO – a fuel-cell SUV that took me 900 miles on the power of hydrogen. The Hyundai Kona Electric is similar, from the number of seats to the preponderance of buttons in the cockpit – but where the Nexo confines you to a handful of hydrogen stations across California, the Hyundai Kona Electric has a battery big enough to go from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on one charge (or it would, if there weren’t so many mountains in between). In my latest road trip I take the 64 kWh Ultimate Trim of the Kona Electric from LA to LV to see just how close it comes to the promise of a true Tesla Model 3 competitor.
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MrMobile’s Hyundai Kona Electric Road Trip was produced following five days in a Hyundai Kona Electric test vehicle on loan from Hyundai. The review model was the Ultimate trim with 64 kWh battery. Electric charging during the trip was provided by Hyundai in the form of a prepaid electric charging card. Hyundai was not given copy approval rights and MrMobile received no compensation in exchange for producing this video.
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In this video I document a normal day of Kona Electric ownership.
Starting with 45% battery and an indicated 125 mile range we have two journeys planned.
The first a near 60 mile round trip followed by a second of around 45 miles.
My first instinct is to add an hour or two of home charging on our 7.2kw Zappi charger, adding 40 or 50 miles , being a nice contingency addition BUT with an indicated 20 mile contingency I could just “go for it” and see how close it gets, charging when I’m home.
I would like to see how accurate the GOM is at lower % levels and so this is a good example to test it with.
But with winter driving in very cold wet conditions , perhaps risking running out isn’t the wisest of choices.
I therefore decide to stop on the way home, to charge at a rapid charger thus adding 10 miles extra contingency whilst also testing how the GOM changes.
57 miles travelled,
65 miles range remaining (-3 miles lost)
21 miles more driven
38 miles range remaining (-6 miles lost)
12 miles more driven
28 miles range remaining (+2 miles gained)
(125 – 89.5 = 35.5 expected Vs 28 actual )
It appears therefore in cold conditions the GOM at half full can be 10 miles out, although with slower driving (40mph) it’s possible to gain a couple of miles as the SOC reduces to very low levels.
The Rapid charge offers 36/37kw from 12% all the way to 76%, where it drops to 23kw through to 80 %.
An hour brings the charge from 12 to 66% but to 80% it takes 76 to 77 mins in total, a fraction over the time quoted by Hyundai.
As per previous videos and examples provided by other YouTube contributors, it makes no sense why during this charge the rate could have increased at some point beyond 37kw. On this occasion it actually feels like the charger may have limited the charge. If not, it just doesn’t make sense.
UK Kona Electric specs:
The last news episode for 2018, covering a smattering of interesting topics and mentions of things to come in 2019.
Links to the stories:
Tesco chargers: https://bbc.in/2zuR7a7
$100 kWh battery: https://bit.ly/2ScFP1E
Kona increase: https://bit.ly/2S0C1A6
400kW charger: https://bloom.bg/2QNAmRA
Maersk zero carbon: https://on.ft.com/2rmE2vg
Electric aircraft: https://bit.ly/2DiY5lr
I recently found out that new EVs like Kona, e-Niro and I-Pace gets reduced fast charging speeds in cold weather. In this video I explain what happened and why Tesla is superior.
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Not my finest video creation for sure. I’ve really disliked making this video from start to end.
The idea was simple, three rapid charges and some quick driving but I wasn’t to know my opinion of the car would dramatically change.
So much of the footage I shot became redundant and Inappropriate once I analysed the data. The car seems to charge slower than I expected and potentially had issues charging from cold. The BMS becomes active at various times without a consistent pattern.
Compared to the 64kwh version the 39kwh is half the car when you consider it’s limited range in worst case scenarios and slower charging performance.
Remember this is my opinion only and I’ve been spoilt with the 64kwh version.
With so much secrecy from Hyundai about what the BMS is actually doing, we simply can’t fully understand the cars abilities in respect to charging and hence it’s sadly easy to draw conclusions from tests such as this. Ideally, such tests would be repeated over multiple times to prove results and again varying parameters to learn more.
The charging time of 57 minutes seemed accurate for the 20% to 80% charge but sadly 6% to 80% wasn’t so swift.
Does the 39kwh Kona have issues charging from cold? Why does the BMS come on when the battery is cold? Why was charging limited to 14kw from cold in my final test? All unanswered I’m afraid.
UK Kona Electric specs:
I was finally able to log a 150 A session on the ChargePoint Express 250 station at ChargePoint Headquarters. The session went mostly as expected; however, the first step down from 150 A didn’t occur until 54% battery. Also, because this charger is limited to 150 A (the Bolt EV’s maximum charging current), I still wasn’t able to confirm whether the Bolt EV can draw additional power for battery conditioning and climate control when more than 150 A is available from the charger.
Today we run two 30 kWh Leafs 300 miles to test out the charging infrastructure on Ecotricity’s Electric Highway, the Polar Network as far as possible and CYC in Scotland. Also some friendly competition between myself and Jonathan of Eco-Cars. It should be fun!!!!