How To Activate Utility/Camping Mode On Hyundai Kona Electric

AUG 14 2018 BY MARK KANE 18

Hyundai envisioned the Kona Electric for a camping weekend.

Hyundai Kona Electric once again positively surprises as it’s equipped with a Utility Mode, which could be called camper mode, that enables one to stay in car for a prolonged time with all electric stuff powered on.

As you can see oin the video demonstration done by Bjørn Nyland, Utility Mode keeps power for the USB, 12 V outlet, audio and climate control.

The Kona Electric is equipped with 64 kWh battery (there will be a 39 kWh version too), which is plenty enough to power a household for a few days. With such amount you could go for a tour (the range is around 300 miles or 482 km WLTP), stay for a night inside the car and drive back. Big batteries opens whole a new spectrum of possibilities – for example Tesla announced a party mode.

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18 Comments on "How To Activate Utility/Camping Mode On Hyundai Kona Electric"

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Lou Grinzo

I know it’s not a sexy observation, but I’ll say it again: Hyundai/Kia is one of the entities positioned to benefit greatly from the shift to EVs. Currently, they seem to be embracing electrification to a much greater extent than other legacy car makers, and buying/leasing one is a much more familiar/comfortable proposition for customers than is dealing with Tesla. Yes, the franchise model stinks and should be abolished; I agree 100% with that view. But it’s what car buyers know and tolerate, and if they’re making the leap from ICE to EV, that’s enough of a mental hurdle without also buying from a company-owned store that might not be local. (I’m in Rochester, NY, where there are NO Tesla stores a convenient distance. Blame NY lawmakers all you want for this mess, but it doesn’t change the inconvenience to car buyers.)

Steve G

We have brought ours online in the UK from Hyundai’s site. This is the only way you an buy it here. However you do need to do the handover at a dealer.

Vexar

I, for one, welcome our Korean manufacturers. I hope they beat out Japan mostly because Fuel Cells are a prison.

pjwood1

Today, its Korean and Chinese EVs are better than Japan’s. If they stay asleep, soon it will be a lot more than that.

Sustainable2020

Chinese evs better?? Quantity does not equal quality. Name one Chinese ev that’s better than a Japanese ev.

Murrysville EV

They won’t benefit much if they remain a compliance state mfr. I can’t buy a H/K EV in Pennsylvania. I have two Kias in my driveway, and I’d like to buy one of their mythical EVs, but it appears that won’t be possible for a long time.

Sustainable2020

So true. Even in carb zev states, the number of this and other Hyundai/Kia long range bevs offered will be woefully below consumer demand for several more years. Unfortunately all bevs offered in the USA, except those from Tesla, are compliance vehicles…at least so far n for the next few years.

hpver

Nice. I’d like to know if it will also heat or cool the traction battery as needed in that mode. If so, it would be a great mode to use when parked in really hot or cold weather.

premium salmon

Yeah! That is the question…

How about a reply?

P Roppo

I’m not sure it would need it. The draw would be a small fraction of that used during normal driving.

pjwood1

Tesla figured out a way to run its inverter less efficiently, to find resistance that brings heat. To some extent, utility mode must be creating resisitance, especially for cabin heat. Good question, but whether warming coolant, firing heat pumps, or pure resistance heating, “Utility Mode” warms a battery by expending it.

Getting practical, low cost, heat from fossil fuels has led some to put portable Webasto heaters in their diesel cabins, because diesel engines can take time to warm. The same concept could work in EVs. Chevy’s Volt has gotten better at efficiently warming itself, by putting a coolant loop around the exhaust manifold (does anyone else do this?). Before that, the Volt warms up enough to open thermostats (heating cabin, battery, etc.), on just 1/10th of a gallon of gas.

Purists can scoff, but there’s a big bill paid by northern EV owners to get the extra KWh that can make a hybrid (PHEV) stay in electric mode. Being able to selectively use an engine (‘Hold’ mode), or take advantage of limited fossil heat, in my view, helps convert more net miles to electric.

..Just another reason to be a big fan of “EREV”.

Scott

This is a great feature to have as more and more people are forced to live in their vehicles.

Antonio

It’s like the accessory mode for ICE vehicles.
In my Nissan Leaf, you get there by pressing the Start button twice without depressing the brake pedal.
I always use it when I stay in the car while it charges.
Old as the hills.

scott

I always had to turn the Leaf all the way on and just make sure I kept it in neutral and left the parking brake on. I was always worried somehow I’d be taking a nap and shift it into drive, or reverse. Otherwise, If I did not turn it on all the way, I was just pulling juice from the 12v battery.

If I had a giant gas RV I’d buy a used Leaf and tow it behind me, mostly to use as a power source for boondocking.

Nicholas

Agreed, now we have electric RVs too.

Troy

2018 with the e-Pedal mode on won’t creep even in D/R. When I’m sitting in the parking lot I always just leave the car on, in P.

Troy

my goal is to actually find the perfect combo for an offroad-capable off-grid RV.

Thinking LPG/CNG ICE pusher combined with ~50kWh of BEV powering the front axle oughtta do it.

RV’s biggest achilles heel is downhill braking, but that’s where regen really shines. BEV giving extra oomph at green lights and uphill is also attractive; ICE mainly used to hold speed on long trips.

It saddens me that the RV majors are so conservative and haven’t apparently even thought of this obvious solution.

Mitsubish’s Outlander is the closest thus far I guess.

Troy

So the 39kWh version is £27k MSRP whilst 64kWh is £32k.

Available in the UK in 6 months

£5,000 is $6,400 USD, $7,000 after-tax . . . just gotta think carrying around $7,000 in battery equity I would almost never need vs. my 40kWh Leaf just isn’t economic.

Probably made the right decision getting the Leaf for $28,000 + tax @ 72mo 0% . . . will at least tide me over well into the next decade, when the next next generation of good BEVs really start rolling out, hopefully.

But if Hyundai is selling these below MSRP in CA next year I’m gonna be somewhat mad at meself for pulling the trigger too soon!