NigelinCumbria drives a Hyundai Kona Premium 64kWh 2021 electric car.
This is Nigel’s first electric car, he’s owned the Kona Electric from new and drives between 10,000-15,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 5,000-10,000 miles and he achieves 260 miles range from a full charge.
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Why did you choose the Hyundai Kona?
- Range – I wanted to be able to make the 180 mile round trip to my nearest city (Newcastle) without charging…it’s not very rock’n’roll to come out if a gig at 23:00 and start the hunt for a charger!
- Price – it was one of the few sensibly priced EVs when I bought it
- Dealer – good previous experience of the dealer.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.
- It’s normal – not showy or obviously different
- It’s flexible – the back has room with a seat down for our folding e-bikes, plus suitcases, camera gear, a small keyboard and our dog
- It’s a pleasure to drive.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about your Hyundai Kona.
It would be nice if it could charge at a higher rate but there’s nothing I really don’t like.
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
What are the standout tech features of your Hyundai Kona?
Variable regen to maximise driving efficiency and automatic cruise control which makes motorway driving much more relaxing.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this Hyundai Kona.
It can, almost, drive itself with auto cruise control and lane assist.
What electric car are you interested in next and why?
Not sure yet…an updated Kona (or replacement) with a higher charge rate would be very attractive though.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
myenergi zappi – definitely recommend it for its integration with my solar PV system. Had almost 200 free miles from it last week.
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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
E.ON Flex – its fine if you’re happy with following electricity prices rather than gambling with fixed rates. I can see almost no merit in changing for the sake of 4 hours cheap rate when I already manage to minimise costs with my solar set up.
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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
- Instavolt – speed, reliability and sheer numbers
- Gridserve – now they’ve upgraded they seem reliable and they’re where you expect them to be on motorways.
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Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Hastings Direct – all insurance companies seem much of a muchness, they were the best value.
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Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.