If we could have a crush on a car, the poster on our bedroom wall this month would be the Hyundai Kona.
It’s been on Aussie roads with good reviews for a little while now, looks pretty sleek, comes in a great choice of bespoke colours and the range is nothing to be sniffed at. Price point could do with a little work, but that’s a
moan story for another day.
It was billed as a family-friendly SUV EV, which it is – especially with the 400+km range – but realistically it’s not that much roomier than the Ioniq from the same manufacturer, or the Nissan LEAF, so you’d want to have pretty small kids who don’t require the usual boot-load of bags, prams, books, coats and associated junk.
Although, if you do have young kids, you might want to consider the Iron Man edition. As in Tony Stark. As in Robert Downey Jnr as Tony Stark in the Marvel movies.
(Yep, there’s actually an Iron Man edition. Which just goes to show that there are comic book geeks in every industry and sometimes, just sometimes, they get to impose their nerdiness on a whole bunch of people. About 400 in Australia to be exact, who will all pay around $1000 extra for the styling because ‘the kids wanted it’, wink, wink.)
Having said that, the Kona is also the EV of choice for the Swiss police who have purchased 13 of them; 5 marked and 8 neutral for the top-secret undercover jobs where they’re catching all those billionaires with dodgy bank accounts full of illegally laundered notes (obviously).
Chosen because it met the budget, horsepower and range required by the Swiss police, its comfort and suitability for highway cruising and the ability to notch up the pace on demand were also looked upon favourably.
For the more sensible among us (I mean, seriously, Superman wins over Iron Man any day of the week), this lends the Kona some serious heft and credibility.
It looks great, but how do you charge a Kona?
Well, pretty easily.
Of course, as with all electric vehicles, the Hyundai Kona comes with a granny charger in the boot that will do the job admirably. As long as you have some time up your sleeve. As you can see from our charging guide below, installing another Kona EV charging option at home is probably a good move:
What’s the most cost effective way to charge your Kona at home?
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll be familiar with Myenergi’s Zappi 7kW. If you’re not, there are a whole bunch of reasons why this unit is far superior to any other home charger on the market, the main one being that it’ll use your own self-generated power before pulling anything from the grid.
A unit like the Zappi means you can plug your Kona in before bedtime and wake up with a full tank of electrons before you head to school/work/out to save the universe. It’s affordable, looks good (we’d argue it’s more attractive than Iron Man’s face mask) and we can arrange fast delivery and installation.
Of course, if you’re a lucky Kona owner and would like to know more about charging options, get in touch. And, if you’re one of the 400 Iron Man edition owners, we’ll even chuck in a Marvel-lous discount.
“I am happy to say all is working and I am very happy with the Zappi. The installation was carried out in the same week the unit was delivered and everything went to plan.” Daniel, WA.