Kona recharging on the road

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Kona recharging on the road

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Does anyone have experience of using a Tesla fast charger with a Hyundai Kona ? Apparently some are locked and will only work with a Tesla BEV. Also i have heard there is an App that can over ride this problem.
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Hi Rob,
Welcome to the forum. No the Kona, (or any other brand) can not use the Tesla (DC) fast chargers. Only a Tesla can.
What the Kona can use are some (AC) Tesla Destination Chargers. And only some, as the TDC can be set to “Tesla only” or “universal”.
And no app or software can bypass this. As far as I know, the only way is to open the charger and charge some DIP switches.
The best place to find out if a TDC is a good one for the Kona or not is to check the “Checkins” on PlugShare.
Unfortunately, all newly installed ones are not compatible with the Kona, but thankfully, a lot of the country Victoria motel ones I’ve tried are older and do charge the Kona.
When plugging to a TDC, make sure to leave it plugged-in for at least 20 seconds as some chargers take a long time to “hand-shake”. I’ve even seen my Kona display a red LED, then OFF then finally green.
Happy charging,
Patrick
Ceramic blue Kona Highlander - Current stats:
As of 26 October 2020 (13.5 months of ownership)
40'000km at an average speed of 57km/h
126Wh/km from new
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2020 Model 3 SR+ - Delivered Fri 17 Jan ‘20 - k kms 60
2009 Tango - http://www.evalbum.com/211
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Ouch! Nearly $1800. That is 5 years of electricity for most people...
I have done 40’000km with this one only (and the granny cable delivered with the car):
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33005885357.html I got the 7.6kW spiral.
When I bought mine for $220 delivered, it was not possible to buy one of these in Australia.
Now it is:
https://www.evolutionaustralia.com.au/p ... ngle-phase
Or:
https://evse.com.au/product/hi-vis-coil ... cable-7kw/
Tesla destination chargers always come with a cable, and so are all DC chargers.
And when choosing a cable or charger, remember that the Kona is only capable of (in AC) 7.4kW single phase.
Ceramic blue Kona Highlander - Current stats:
As of 26 October 2020 (13.5 months of ownership)
40'000km at an average speed of 57km/h
126Wh/km from new
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