New Kona Electric owner

Discussion in 'Hyundai Kona Electric' started by BlueKonaEV, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Active Member

    The lesson I have learned is not to drive a route where you have to rely on a single station as it may not work..
     
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  2. jayc1358

    jayc1358 Member

    I see 2 connectors down by the radiator. One behind the radar and another off to the side. The one off to the side did not disable the sound. Are you talking about the connector by the black box that is the radar? Thanks for the help

    **Edit** Oh you are talking about under the hood. I was looking down by the radiator. So when you open the hood is it down on the right side? I think I see it
     
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  3. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Active Member

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  5. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    "...$2k off MSRP..."
    Impressive, considering many dealers were asking for a "market adjustment" on this and the Niro EV.

    Oh, interesting. Just took a look on Cars.com and they showed over 146 Kona Electrics on lots in the U.S. with one dealership -- Heritage Hyundai Towson -- selling a few a couple grand below MRSP.
     
  6. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Active Member

    I bought mine at Massey Hyundai in Hagerstown/MD.. MSRP was $38300 and I paid $36100 + Tax and Title.. The $36100 already included all dealer associated fees.. It appears that they sold all the SEL models already.. They only have "Limited" Kona Electric remaining.. They had 9 Kona Electric when I bought mine.. Now they are down to 4. The only condition for that price was to use dealer financing.. Got 2.9% 60 month promotional rate (expired 7/8) through Hyundai Motor Finance... 0.3% lower than what my Credit Union was offering..
     
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  7. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Active Member

    no problem.
     
  8. 1st-KonaEV-in-FL

    1st-KonaEV-in-FL New Member

    Congratulations, we did the same back in March, had it shipped from NY to us here in Windermere. We love the Kona, and since we have solar PV on our home, we charge it up with pure, clean power produced by Florida sunshine. We are getting similar range as you, and chose to jnstall a Juicebox pro level 2 charger in the garage. So excellent to hear of another Kona EV here in Florida.
     
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  9. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Active Member

    I wasn't sure if I had the only KONA Electric in Florida... Good to know that I'm not alone.. Do you know if local Hyundai dealers are able to provide maintenance to Kona EV's considering that they don't sell them? I wonder if the mechanics are trained on the Kona EV.. Electricity rates are low around here but I may turn to solar myself in case that they jack up the rates.
    I opted for the 26 amp MUSTART charger due to concerns about my 150 amp breaker panel.. Don't want to upgrade to 200 amps at this point. So far, no issues with the main breaker when charging..
     
  10. Jared Potter

    Jared Potter Member

    I’m curious as to why you think your 26 amp charger would trip your houses main breaker?
     
  11. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Active Member

    My house is over 4100 sq ft with 2 AC Units. If both AC units are running and my wife is cooking and baking at the same time and drying clothes, I think that I would be close to 150 amp total draw if I was charging at the same time.. With a 200 amp panel, there is a lot more wiggle room.. I'm not going to spend thousands on a new panel if I can get through with my current one.
     
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  12. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    If the clothes are drying then likely your hot water storage tank is also operating.
     
  13. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Active Member

    Very likely.. I also have 3 fridges.. 1 in the garage, one in the kitchen and 1 in my in law apartment.. The in law apartment also has a separate water heater.
    House has a 3 ton and a 4 ton AC unit, 3 fridges, 2 water heaters (40 gallon each), 2 cooktops, 1 stove, 2 microwaves, 4 garage door openers (2x 2 car garage openers and 2 x 1 car garage openers) etc.. It is very possible to trip the 150 amp main breaker. Eventually, I will replace the main panel.
     
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  14. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a good idea:eek:
     
  15. Raleigh Ron

    Raleigh Ron New Member

    I wish Hyundai had added the two-tone paint as an option for the mid and upper levels of the Kona. I think most Kona buyers would prefer the two-tone paint. It's strange it's only available at the lowest end SEL level. On the other hand, it makes the SEL more desirable.
     
  16. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Active Member

    I had no idea that the 2 tone paint was only available on the SEL.. Before I bought the car, I went to the Hyundai USA website to look at options including paint and I did not even see the 2 tone option. When shopping dealer inventories, my 2 favorites were Ceramic Blue with white roof and Galactic Gray with white roof.. Galactic Gray doesn't really look gray.. Love that color... Here is one I looked at at the dealership where I bought mine.. 20190714_013414.jpg
     
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  17. 1st-KonaEV-in-FL

    1st-KonaEV-in-FL New Member

    Do your 200 amp upgrade at the same time solar, you may save $ and have tax incentives. We have our charging match our solar production, so we are using clean/free power, we created from the sun, and not from Duke Energy, coal, gas, etc. Let us know if you have any sloar questions, etc. since we have already been through it. Have not yet needed any service/ maintenance of course, but Hyundai did assign a local area dealer. I know eventually any Hyundai dealership is supposed to be able to sell/service the Kona EV. Supposed to be a very carefree low maintenance vehicle. Will be taking our first long range trip to Indiana from Florida, any tips you can offer? I have the https://abetterrouteplanner.com/?v=68, as well as of course plugshare and other apps.
     
  18. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Active Member

    How much was the out of pocket cost for going solar and how much is the tax incentive? As for the road trip, I like the trip planner on the chargehub app. I usually check the following apps to get the most complete coverage of charging stations.. Chargehub, Chargepoint, greenlots, plugshare, EVgo and ElectrifyAmerica apps. I filter by Level 3 chargers only. I usually exclude car dealerships as it's not certain if you get to charge there within a reasonable amount of time as they charge their own cars there and their preference are cars of their brand. I plan my routes looking for at least 2 different Level 3 station at each location where I'm planning a stop. I usually plan my route with a maximum of 200 miles between charge ups.
     
  19. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    First video shows the ramp down points (on a 175 kW charger) so it is best to top up below 57% to achieve the fastest rate, but from what I hear avoid
    Electrify America 175kW machines as the whole charge rate triples if your car is supplied over 75kW (they include the losses within the charger) See second attachment:
    Kona on a 175 kW DCFC:
    https://electricrevs.com/2018/07/30/watch-a-2019-hyundai-kona-ev-charge-at-up-to-70-kw/

    Rate discrepancy:
    https://www.insideevsforum.com/comm...-price-gouging-for-niro-ev-ccs-charging.5963/
     
  20. SkookumPete

    SkookumPete Active Member

    I think it has something to do with the sunroof only being available on monochrome models, which might be determined by production efficiencies. Or is it that the deluxe model is tailored for us old, sedate types, with the lower trims more likely to be acquired by fun-seeking youth, as in the commercials?
     

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