Hyundai Kona Electric Range Test In Winter (-17°C): Video

JAN 31 2019 BY MARK KANE 25

Even in winter you can still count on 300+ km (200+ miles)

Bjørn Nyland recently had the opportunity to test the Hyundai Kona Electric (64 kWh version), purchased about 7 months ago, which already has driven 14,000 km (8,700 miles).

The winter range test was very tough, as the temperatures were as low as -17°C. In such circumstances, energy consumption is high:

  • at 90 km/h (56 mph) – 330 km (205 miles) and about 195 Wh/km
  • at 120 km/h (75 mph) – 250 km (155 miles) and about 256 Wh/km

The problem with winter use of Hyundai Kona Electric (and many other EVs) is limited fast charging power – below half of the normally expected values.

In the case of the noise test, the results were moderate, around 68 dB:

Short-range Battery / Motor spec:

  • 39.2 kWh battery – 300 km (186 miles) range (WLTP)
  • 99 kW, 395 Nm electric motor (front-wheel drive)
  • 0-62 mph (100 kmh) in 9.3 seconds
  • 104 mph (167 km/h) top speed
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger and 100 kW CCS Combo DC fast charging capability

Long-range Battery / Motor spec:

  • 64 kWh battery – 470 km (292 miles) range (WLTP)
  • 150 kW, 395 Nm electric motor (front-wheel drive)
  • 0-62 mph (100 kmh) in 7.6 seconds
  • 104 mph (167 km/h) top speed
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger and 100 kW CCS Combo DC fast charging capability

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25 Comments on "Hyundai Kona Electric Range Test In Winter (-17°C): Video"

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I don’t think regular people would find that performance acceptable… Bjorn’s right, there are a lot of people who live in cold climates and wouldn’t want to spend so much time “fast” charging.

You may want to chat with some Norwegians… a.k.a. “lot of people who live in cold climates”.

Last I’ve heard, the Norwegian waitlists for the Korean SUV BEV twins extend all the way down to the Italian border 🙂

The % of people who live in such climates is miniscule. Not saying they don’t deserve cars that will work for them, but not every car needs to support this.

This is my main issue with today’s EV’s.

My “commute” is a weekly/bi weekly 190km (each way) trip to the mountains (with no charging option at destination). The temperature is regularly below -20. Even the Model 3 would struggle.

Lower battery prices and larger batteries will solve the issue, but it’ll just take time for people like us.

For those commuting to in town and charging at home every day it’s not so much of an issue.

No. Charging at the destination will solve that.

That would also help, but not if you’re shoved into overflow parking. There’s also the issue of the 1000 charging points that would be required if every vehicle was EV. Supplying the power to charge those vehicles simultaneously would be tricky too.

Much easier to just be able to drive 400km in the cold, like pretty much every ICE vehicle available to the public now.

Using an EV is clearly YOUR main issue. There will always be outliers who cannot avail themselves of EVs this very moment. And truly, you are an outlier. Needing to travel 200km (124 miles) up a mountain with no interim or destination charging is indeed outrageously rare. Obviously, a fast charging station somewhere a long the route would solve your unique (and I mean unique) problem.

I think we can all make up a scenario where using an EV would be challenging. (How about going the length of Alaska?) But in all but the most extreme instances, a long range EV should be possible.

So ignoring whether it’s unique or not at the moment – your solution is what? Never get a BEV? Or perhaps just my solution that you appear to actually be agreeing with – vehicles with larger batteries.

And as for unique. Not really. It’s not common, hence why I said “my” and “people like us”, but it’s a problem shared by tens/hundreds of thousands that live in and around the Rockies (and presumably other locations). There’s five figure numbers that affects in my city alone.

Sure, there are interim chargers, but again you need to deal with a few thousand vehicles spending half an hour to charge in a relatively remote location. That’s an additional half an hour on a two hour drive. AND it only gets worse when the temperatures hit -30.

One of the simple solutions to this issue is to have vehicles that do 400 miles on a charge in summer. Problem solved. These vehicles are expected to be available in the next year or two, also in more practical form factors than 2WD compact crossovers and sedans.

First, you will never convince me that thousands of people travel 200km (124 miles) on a one-way commute into the mountains in freezing weather with no ability to charge. But, in case that DOES actually occur, no, don’t get an EV TODAY. Currently, charging infrastructure is being built out. Little traveled mountains are not on the list of immediate concern for charging stations. You can probably include on the lower priority list remote deserts and small islands in the Pacific.

Your day will come. But the first priority is to populate EVs in the urban areas and then move to the rare, bizarre and once in a lifetime commutes. Sometimes, everyone can’t be happy.

How do you think all those people get to the big ski resorts in the rockies, when the nearest city is a couple of hundred km away..? And no, outside of the very occasional Tesla people don’t drive EV’s there for the very reason I (and you mentioned).

I really don’t get what the contention is here TBH. I’ve already pointed out it’s a relatively niche (but certainly not unique) in the first comment, and I’ve pointed out it will be solved in future – by reduced battery price and larger batteries.

Either you’re arguing for the sake of arguing, or your completely sheltered and rarely leave the densely populated city (somewhere warm) you live in.

The jist of it is, contrary to the opinions of a lot of people on this website – most people do more than commute 10 miles to work and back each day. They need a vehicle that suits their other requirements. If they’re not available, or are less convenient than their current ICE, they won’t buy an EV in future.

You mean you stay up there for a week or? Because most people would move closer rather then commuting 4 hours every day.

No, I go there for a day or two at a time. I commute into my day job by public transport so rarely drive, other than weekends.

Andy, I totally got your point. There aren’t yet EVs that most people can afford that will do the trips that sometimes are undertaken. An affordable 300 mile range CUV with reliable widespread ultra fast charging infrastructure is the key tipping point for EVs.

Im regular. Fine car for my family

Is any car offering the ability to pre-heat the battery while travelling to the charging station so you can get to high current quickly?

They do, but it’s not fast enough in really cold weather. And if you have very high power heater, that takes away range, may not even reach DCFC before you run out of energy.

It’s not worth it. You will lose more range by heat that what you gain in faster charging. The better option is to pre-heat your battery before you leave on your trip.

My i3 charges just as fast in the winter as it does in the summer if it has been pre-conditioned properly when plugged in…on the i3 it is a different option than just turning on climate. I need to give it at least a 3 hour heads up and it slowly brings the battery temperature up to optimum. It then drives and charges the same in any season.

Does it do it when it’s not plugged in too?

Damn… not even 300 km highway range. 2019 and still only Tesla that offers real world (almost) all conditions 200 mile range.

at 120km/h in -17? They lose 30-40% of their range to.

Tesla’s have a bigger than 64 kWh battery.
No magic there.

Teslarati has an article showing tested range in winter condition for a Model S car.
“Results indicate an increase of 21% to as high as a 57% in energy consumption.”
So kona range drop of around 40% is actually pretty standard for BEV without battery preheating.

I’m so glad Bjorn did this test. Some Kona owners were falsely reporting inaccurate longer ranges giving exaggerated motorway winter range. 250km sounds exactly right compared with 240km in the Niro.

40% drop in -17C sounds pretty good with 200+ miles range. Plus roads were snow covered which affects traction. He doesn’t say but likely it had snow tires on it as well. In the one graphic he shows, in that very cold weather he had gotten 80% charge in 40 minutes that also sounds pretty good.

I’m more concerned about the interior. What am I looking at? A car from 1999?