SAD FRIDAY FOR KONA ELECTRIC

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Mid Friday afternoon on a suburban street travelling at around 60KPH I suddenly was rammed in the rear, in a unprovoked attack, by an allegedly stolen vehicle. The second rear end ram, spun the Kona Electric in a 270 Degree spin. The low centre of gravity stopped the Kona from rolling over. We survived this attack with only minor injuries that can be detected. It is very likely that the Kona Electric will be written off by insurance. Because it was a rear ender the air bag sensors did not activate. I travelled a very pleasant 17642 KM in that vehicle. The allegedly stolen car then crashed into a home and the occupants fled the scene.
Police now have 3 juveniles in custody.
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That's terrible David, but glad to hear only minor injuries, although the shock of the incident might last a bit longer.

Interesting that the air bags don't deploy, given the front air bags are meant to prevent head to dash/steering wheel contact, although I have not evidence/knowledge on how these should normally work in a rear collision, just assumed they deployed at a significant rear ender. Considering the spin generated, I would have expected them to deploy. Would be interested to know what the experts think.

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Thanks so much. If I find any data of interest will post it.
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Sad news indeed. I hope a replacement vehicle wont take too long.

If the car is written off and it goes to auction let us know. It would be good if some of the components can be reused.
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Glad to hear you are all ok. 😊 And bugger: one less EV on the road. There's not enough of us on the road to lose even one. 😔
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Yes I will certainly keep posting any new developments re: possible written off status. I kept the car in pristine condition. After the incident I did drive it off the road for about 20 metres so the HV battery is OK. attached a few photos
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Please notice in the above photo the battery acid from the stolen vehicle is splattered everywhere
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Ok, so I decided to do some reading on rear end collisions and air bags ... so the up shot from my reading is that the seatbelt should prevent the front passengers from contacting with the front dash/steering wheel in a rear end collision. The front air bags are there to protect the front row seat passengers from the front dash/steering wheel coming forward toward them in a front on collision. Makes sense when you think about it I guess.
Note: Front airbags will not be deployed in the event of a side or rear end collision or in a rollover as they would provide no additional protection.
from https://www.racq.com.au/cars-and-drivin ... es/airbags

And from the ACAP website https://www.ancap.com.au/understanding-safety-features
Frontal airbags

Frontal airbags deploy on impact in head-on or offset (usually where an oncoming vehicle collides at an angle on the driver's side) collisions where the force of impact is greater than hitting a solid wall at a speed greater than 25 km/h. The airbag reduces the impact when the driver or front passenger is propelled forward as the vehicle rapidly reduces speed during a crash. Frontal airbags typically deflate after impact.
It looks like the side airbags are more important for side impact and rollover
Side airbags

Side airbags are an important innovation in vehicle safety equipment for protecting occupants in side impact crashes such as at intersections or when a vehicle veers off the road and crashes side-on into an object like a pole or tree. Side airbags protect the head and the torso for both front and rear seat occupants. These airbags may also offer protection in rollover crashes or when two vehicles collide at an angle.
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OUCH. Yeah in my experience that's a stat write off. Parts bin..!!
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Ouch! The photos are impressive. I wonder if the weight and chassis strength may have contributed in your lucky escape from what looks like a pretty violent choc.
Now about the parts... This mad Kiwi could help you put it back together and minimise the risk of being rear-ended again.
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Very glad to hear you're OK! And a reminder of just how safe modern cars are these days, particularly EVs. Just be grateful it wasn't a Ford Pinto :shock:
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David, what a horrible thing to happen. Glad that you are okay.
Can we assume you be replacing it with another Kona EV?

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I am waiting for reply from insurance , I would think the car will be written off, and if so will be replaced with another Kona Electric. I will keep the forum informed as it develops. Thankyou for your interest.
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Not good news at all David. How do the third party person insurance rules work in Qld? In NSW, because the vehicle that hit you was not driven with the permission of the vehicle owner, the TPI mobs will wriggle out of paying a claim for injuries you received.
Make sure you regularly attend physio for treatment on the neck and back and any other injuries you may have suffered, leave it too long and the insurance will wipe any responsibility and you will be left fighting a loosing battle to avoid going bankrupt trying to cover specialist fees. Take it from someone who has been there and still suffering from that after 15 yrs, and the young lady that ploughed into the back of my work ute was the owner and held the insurance policy with NRMA. The extent of the injury doesn't manifest for a few yrs, then the blinding headaches and neck pain starts ..... don't wait till it gets bad, get it sorted early. Wish I hadn't been a hero as well as allowing work to bully me back to work way too early, I won't wish a life of chronic pain and a never ending pill popping morning, noon and night on anyone .... well, maybe a number of NRMA executives so they know the true cost of their bonuses .....

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Thanks for the tips
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glad your all "ok" (pending)

on a side note..
so when are you setting up a home battery system :lol:
If you don't have time to do it right,
When will you have time to do it over

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Thanks - re side note - is there a forum for battery systems ?? Briefly one reason I went electric my system can give over 30kwh a day and the home only uses 13 to 15 kwh/ day. I do not charge back into the grid but ergon electric ipower is my backup instead of a generator.
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davidEV wrote: Tue, 17 Nov 2020, 07:46 is there a forum for battery systems ??
Yes, use this one: Renewable Energy and Storage (Non-EV) .
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Hi All,
Just received official notification that my kona electric highlander is to be written off.
Heads up to anyone interested - I am told that it show up in the pickles auction but a date cannot be given.
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davidEV wrote: Thu, 26 Nov 2020, 08:02 Hi All,
Just received official notification that my kona electric highlander is to be written off.
Heads up to anyone interested - I am told that it show up in the pickles auction but a date cannot be given.
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Well there it is....

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That's the first time I see kona's 'engine bay'. Lot's of space!

I wonder if Hyundai actually worked harder in the beginning to make kona pure ev (instead adapting it from petrol model), that'll be a big frunk!
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If anybody here picks it up - would be interested in buying a few small items off it... If it was in Melb, might have been interested to buy it and do a break-down of one. Would be all too hard to get it brought down from Qld though.

On a brighter note: any luck David in getting a replacement?

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Rusdy wrote: Fri, 11 Dec 2020, 21:02 That's the first time I see kona's 'engine bay'. Lot's of space!

I wonder if Hyundai actually worked harder in the beginning to make kona pure ev (instead adapting it from petrol model), that'll be a big frunk!
Its even bigger with that big lump of plastic out too. I see one person actually made a bracket and mounted a space saver spare tyre/jack and wheel brace in the front. You can also import after market frunks.
You would almost think that if you could get a petrol Kona that had been banged on the front, that you could resurrect this vehicle. I bet my brother in law, who is a panel beater/ spray painter, is really glad that I already have a Kona EV.
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Yes an update on Kona Electric. Insurance will pay me out fully this coming week. I LOVE the Kona Electric. My needs have changed somewhat now, and am looking for a vehicle with a manufacturers tow capacity. The nissan ariya will have a tow capacity but will have to wait to 2022. Another one could be Tesla Y which I do not think is released as yet.
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