Hyundai Kona EV or PHEV charging
Family-friendly and colourful Hyundai Kona EV or PHEV
The Kona EV is the hero for the Australia and New Zealand electric vehicle community. So popular is it world wide, and so big is it's battery that Hyundai has issues keeping up with demand.
With a 64kwh battery and incredible efficiency, it's easy to see why the Hyundai Kona is so popular with public and corporates alike. The funky colour scheme has created a real Kona buzz as well!
AC & DC
Kona is one of the best value electric vehicles in Australia and New Zealand from Hyundai.
With brisk performance, five-doors, five-passenger SUV style body shell and DC fast charging as standard, the Kona is a family EV with the range, looks and efficiency.
Powered by a 150-kilowatt AC synchronous motor functioning on energy stored in a lithium-ion battery pack, the Kona boasts approximately 250km real world driving range. Want one yet?
The Kona is equipped with a single Type 2 Mennekes CCS2 charger port. The Type 2 Mennekes connector is what’s typically used at home and at destination chargers. Note: Hyundai only supplies a slow portable electric car charger with the vehicle.
We are currently recommending the Myenergi Zappi as the best domestic wall charger to go with the Kona.
How long does the Hyundai Kona take to charge up?
But how best to charge the Kona both in public and at home with a Zappi wall charger? Firstly you may need a type 2 to type 2 electric car charging cable or a J1772 / type 1 to type 2 cable.
The maximum AC charge rate is 32amp or 7kW or 40km of range per hour connected. Time to fully recharge at the typical 32amp single phase or 7kW is around 9 hours. This is only possible to charge this fast with a wall charging station such as the myenergi Zappi. If you use a granny slow portable electric car charger (or EVSE) then the time to charge will be take close to 32 hours!
If you have solar panels at home or at the office, then UK brand Myenergi Zappi is the perfect EVSE charger. It's solar-aware technology links into your solar system to ensure you're never pulling from the electricity grid to charge your Kona - adjusting the charge depending on the amount of power you're pulling in the house so you always get clean, self-generated power behind your driving!
How to charge your Hyundai Kona from a public J1772 Type 1 electric car charger
This cable will charge your Hyundai Kona up to 7kW / give you 40 kms per hour of charge.
For a long time, J1772 / Type 1 electric car chargers have been the norm for Australia and New Zealand. The issue for new car owners is there are many charging stations which use the J1772 Type 1 standard which you cannot natively take advantage of.
The answer is this incredibly useful J1772 to Tesla (Mennekes) adapter cable. This allows you to connect to J1772 Type 1 charging station; simply insert the J1772 plug to charge at up to 7.6kW or 40kms of range per hour. Have a look at Plugshare map pic as an example of just how many J1772 charging stations available in your area!
How to charge your Hyundai Kona from a public Type 2 Mennekes charging station
The Type 2 to Type 2 cable will charge your Hyundai Kona up to 7kW / add 40km for every hour of charge. An essential cable for every Mennekes/Type 2 vehicle to enable safe and secure charging from public ‘Universal’ charge points.
There is a trend for public charge points to be universal; this means the point has no in-built cable. The result is reduced maintenance and damage, as well as reduced liability for the owner of the station. If there is no permanently cable attached to the charger then there is less risk of it being driven over or generally being abused. Think air hose in a servo. They are otherwise known as BYO cable chargers.