EV Myths Debunked

Common misconceptions about

EVs proven wrong by Kona Electric.

Busted: 7 common electric vehicle myths

Although electric cars have been around for decades, they are still not as commonplace as vehicles with internal combustion engines. Due to this, there are still a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding EVs. Here are some of the most commonly held misconceptions about EVs, and how Kona Electric proves them wrong.

Myth: EVs have a short-range.

FACT: As EV battery technology progresses, the distance an EV can drive on a single charge is constantly improving. The newest generation of the 64 kWh battery model of the Kona Electric can drive up to 449km on a single charge. This makes it a versatile option for a variety of driving patterns: not just short city trips and daily commutes, but also for longer journeys and distance travel.

Myth: There are not enough places to charge an EV.

FACT: As of 2020, there over 500 public charging stations across New Zealand and this number is growing by the day. Many workplaces, supermarkets and public car parks now offer free EV charging stations as well.

Using the in-cable control box, customers can also recharge their Kona Electric practically anywhere. This control box is designed to connect to a standard 3 PIN wall socket and will recharge Kona Electric using household AC current.

If customers prefer at home charing, the Fast Charge Wall Box is an optional household accessory wall box that improves charge times by utilising a high amperage power supply.

Myth: EVs are too expensive.

FACT: Whilst EVs do cost more on average than internal-combustion vehicles at the time of initial purchase, the price gap between them is decreasing. 

It is also important to consider the total cost of ownership (TCO) when purchasing an EV. Several studies have shown that the TCO for EVs is comparable or even slightly lower than that of petrol vehicles, not just because in some places in the world, electricity is cheaper than petrol, but also because EV owners spend less money on maintenance and repairs.

Another metric to look at is residual value. EVs tend to retain a higher percentage of their original value on the used car market compared to petrol cars.

Myth: It is dangerous to charge an electric vehicle in the rain.

FACT: EVs and their chargers are built to withstand all weather conditions and are equipped with modern technology to make them just as safe as petrol cars, if not safer. Drivers will have no problem charging their EV when it rains. 

For even greater peace of mind while driving, Kona Electric is equipped with the latest active safety and driving assistance technologies, known as Hyundai SmartSense technology. This includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Smart Cruise Control, Driver Attention Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning.

Myth: There is no EV on the market to fit my needs.

FACT: The selection of EVs available on the market has widened drastically in recent years. From compact city cars to SUVs, the EVs today are able to meet a wide variety of lifestyles and demands.

Combining leading safety technology, impressive performance and the versatility of an SUV, the Kona EV has been designed to fit everything you and your busy life can throw at it. 

Myth: EVs are not fun to drive.

FACT: Nobody ever said that electric mobility had to be boring. In fact, compared to petrol cars, EVs are quieter and offer a smoother ride. Many EVs feature superior acceleration compared to internal-combustion vehicles, and have improved driving dynamics due to the low placement of the heavy battery.

Thanks to the 395 Nm of instant torque delivered through the all-electric powertrain, the Kona Electric is quick off the line, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in only 7.6 seconds.

Shift seamlessly between drive, neutral, reverse, or activate the electron parking brake by using buttons conveniently located within the central console. With the advanced Smart Brake Regeneration System, control the four levels of regenerative braking for maximum efficiency or use the automatic setting and let the technology decide the best brake regeneration setting for every situation. 

Myth: EVs do not look good.

FACT: Kona Electric was designed to stand out on the street. 

The attention to detail is what makes this vehicle so special. At the front, the sleek closed grille proudly signifies its electric powertrain and together with the characteristic twin headlights, creates a truly one-of-a-kind look. Exclusive 17” alloy wheels and a choice of exterior colours and contrasting roof colours allow you to customise your Kona Electric to match your personal style. 

Hyundai Kona Electric

You drive it. You define it.

Featuring a powerful electric drivetrain, a long driving range and a stylish design, Kona Electric has become a popular choice in the Hyundai line-up. The sub-compact SUV has swept up awards since its release, including AA Driven best electric vehicle/plug-in hybrid and Stuff’s Top Plug-In Car of 2018. 

The Kona Electric combines leading safety technology, impressive performance, and the versatility of an SUV for a truly groundbreaking vehicle that represents the future of motoring.