The specialty of this car is its charging. The company will offer two chargers for free on the purchase of the car. There will be a portable charger in which you will be able to charge this car anywhere out of the house, while the second AC wall box will be charger.
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Hyundai Motor India Ltd – country’s second largest vehicle manufacturer- on Tuesday launched Kona Electric SUV in India. Hyundai claims that Kona can cover 452 km in one single charge. The e-SUV comes with 39.2KWh advanced lithium polymer battery. Hyundai is offering a warranty of eight years, up to 1,60,000 km, on the battery. It will also provide two chargers – a portable one and AC Wall Box Charger. Hyundai Kona Electric is priced at Rs 25.30 lakh.
Hyundai Motor India has tied up with IOCL or Indian Oil Corporation Limited. What this partnership means is that in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai, Hyundai will set up these fast chargers at select IOCL retail outlets for quick charging. And, if you are buying a Kona, you will get this wall-charger as part of the standard kit with every electric Kona that you buy.
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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 17th March 2019. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through every EV story I could find today, and picked out the best ones to save you time.
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HYUNDAI SLASHES KONA ELECTRIC PRODUCTION, BUT WHY?
Tom Molougney for InsideEVs.com: “I was pleased to see Hyundai Kona Electric monthly production numbers raising significantly last fall, and eclipsing the 5,300-unit mark for both November and December of 2018. It was starting to look like Hyundai was going to really try to meet the global demand for this long-range, affordable small crossover. Then came 2019. Hyundai produced only 3,074 Kona Electrics in January and then a paltry 2,168 in February. Even if you combine production of those two months, they don’t add up to November or December’s production total. So, what gives?”
“Dutch company Fastned has very ambitious goals to build a European network of 1,000 fast charging stations and is already approaching 10% of the plan, having 88 stations up and running.” Says Mark Kane for InsideEVs: “Most recently, Fastned won a second tender in the UK for 5 more charging stations, which will be included in the network.”
Fastned said: “Fastned will build and operate five fast charging stations (hubs) for electric vehicles across the region. Each station will initially house two 50 kW fast chargers (known as “rapid” chargers in the UK) that will deliver 100% renewable electricity.”
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT GTE PLUG-IN HYBRID RETURNS WITH UPGRADES
Volkswagen Passat GTE specs: 0 kWh battery (31% more energy than the previous generation – 9.9 kWh) up to 55 km (34 miles) of WLTP range; up to 70 km (43.5 miles) of NEDC range (20 km or 40% more than the previous generation) system output: 160 kW (218 PS) from 1.4 TSI gasoline turbocharged engine (110 kW / 150 PS) and 85 kW / 115 PS electric motor. 6 kW on-board charger (full recharge in around four hours)
SECOND USE BATTERIES FOR AUDI
“Factory tugs in Audi’s Ingolstadt factory now sport the latest in second-hand lithium-ion batteries.” Says Eric at Green Car Reports: “With automakers on the hook in jurisdictions around the world to take back and properly reuse or recycle all the batteries they install in electric cars, various automakers are experimenting with different ways to reuse the depleted batteries that come back from their old electric cars—from using them in new charging stations to selling them to wind farms, to installing them on the roofs of solar-powered apartment complexes. Now Audi is installing them on fork lifts and the tugs it uses to move parts around its main factory in Ingolstadt, Germany. Audi fits 24 of the e-tron’s 36 battery modules into an identically sized tray to give the tugs and fork lifts up to perhaps between 30 and 50 kwh of battery capacity, depending on how much the cells degraded in their original cars. With charging hardware like that in a car, the tugs and fork lifts can be driven to a charging station in the factory and plugged in, saving countless man-hours on the factory line and clearing out space that the large, old lead-acid battery chargers consumed.”
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: