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Re: I've got my Kona

Posted: Mon, 24 Feb 2020, 08:02
by gfreddo
I would like to share my recent experience. I have been researching EVs for the last few years and I finally made the plunge in the EV world. So on Tuesday 11/2/2020 ordered a Kona at Doncaster Hyundai expecting delivery in 3 to 6 months but I drove away in a Pulse Red Kona on last Friday 21/2/2020.

Further to my surprise the model has compliance plate 2020 and also the new 10'' screen (buttons at the bottom) so I soon realised I have the upgrade model still to check if its charges any faster than 7kw.. I am now enjoying my first EV and love it. I will now be spreading the word about EVs in the most effective way .. Hands on

To borrow a car reference "Still feeling it"

Re: I've got my Kona

Posted: Tue, 25 Feb 2020, 07:02
by EVdownUnder
Welcome to the EV world and particularly the fantastic Kona.
It is great to hear that you have a brand-new 2020 car, as I drive regularly pass the Doncaster dealer and have seen a white one and a blue one at the front for the last few months. I was afraid they would have stock of the 2019 to exhaust first.
I wasn't aware of the 2020 model having a faster onboard charger? Please come back and share your experience.
The other thing I would love to know if improved, have they implemented position memory seat? And more importantly, is the lane keep assist better? On mine it seems not as good as I've seen from European models on YouTube.

Re: I've got my Kona

Posted: Tue, 25 Feb 2020, 07:59
by Peter C in Canberra
gfreddo wrote:
Mon, 24 Feb 2020, 08:02
... still to check if its charges any faster than 7kw...
I think you would need to go to a type 2 charge outlet that has three phase for sure to test it with a type 2 to type 2 cable that connects all three phases. The rumour was that they might do 32A on all three phases for 22kW (7kW still on a single phase supply) or they might do 15A on all three for 11kW (but only 3.6kW on a single phase supply, which would be a backwards step for most locations)

Re: I've got my Kona

Posted: Tue, 25 Feb 2020, 15:20
by syntaxfx
I've been told by the dealer that only the EU will get the 11kW charger. Apparently, we're still getting the 7.2kW as before.
Cheers,
Phil

Re: I've got my Kona

Posted: Tue, 25 Feb 2020, 16:25
by Peter C in Canberra
syntaxfx wrote:
Tue, 25 Feb 2020, 15:20
I've been told by the dealer that only the EU will get the 11kW charger. Apparently, we're still getting the 7.2kW as before.
Cheers,
Phil
That makes sense. In Europe there is more 3 phase AC charging all the way along streets, so 3 phase at 15A is both a bit more useful to the driver and won't risk unbalancing the local grid. Here, electric cars are few and far between and more often charged on private premises from single phase supplies.

Re: I've got my Kona

Posted: Tue, 25 Feb 2020, 21:27
by gfreddo
Thanks for the feedback and discussion. We decided to go for the elite model so only manual adjustment seat. I intend to get type 2 to type 2 cable, being in Gippsland I hope to visit Lakes Entrance as they only have 22 kw AC outlet at the RSL. So I will test out the charging rate. Not that impressed with LKA but perhaps it needs some adjustment at 1st service.

Re: I've got my Kona

Posted: Wed, 26 Feb 2020, 07:04
by Bryce
Hi there - my experience of Lane Keep Assist, having driven a Kona electric for nearly 18,000km now, is that it is truly awful. It ping-pongs between lane markings and desperately tries to steer me through potholes on country roads.

It only took me a few hundred kms of driving to find the 'off' button. (Annoyingly, you can't turn it off permanently ... or even permanently set it to only beep ... so I now have the start-up procedure of (a) start the car, (b) turn off the LKA, THEN (c) select gear and drive off ....)

Otherwise - Kona electric is a brilliant day-to-day driver that fully replaces ICE. Have done multiple interstate trips via DC fast-chargers and found it does not slow me down as compared to my old fossil car. I also definitely do not miss the weekly visit to petrol stations, plus enjoy not being at the mercy of the ridiculous fuel price cycle. (EV owners have a nice regular price cycle to plan their 'refueling'. i.e. the off-peak rates at night or the weekend :-) )

Cheers
Bryce

Re: I've got my Kona

Posted: Wed, 26 Feb 2020, 10:04
by Peter C in Canberra
Bryce wrote:
Wed, 26 Feb 2020, 07:04
...my experience of Lane Keep Assist, having driven a Kona electric for nearly 18,000km now, is that it is truly awful. It ping-pongs between lane markings and desperately tries to steer me through potholes on country roads....
Really? I like it. I find it quite subtle and progressive. I just drive as I would if it were not there. I find it only becomes intrusive when I would want it to be when my attention has lapsed briefly and I have drifted a bit close to the edge of the lane. Sometimes, such as on long sweeping curves, I am barely aware how much I steered vs the assist. I have no problem steering contrary to the LKA's inclination when I want to.

Re: I've got my Kona

Posted: Wed, 26 Feb 2020, 10:16
by syntaxfx
I hadn't seen a Kona Electric on the road until today. Then I saw two in the space of couple of hours.
Most encouraging.
Now I'm just waiting for Hyundai to build mine. May be late now that parts are a problem. Something about wiring looms. EV's don't really need wiring looms, do they??? ;)