The new Kona - fully electric with great range

The new Kona Electric

The move to electric vehicles comes with many questions. Too many questions in fact. And it is these fundamental questions such as ‘how far can I drive off a full battery?’ In the past the answers to these questions have not been too promising. Which is why so many people have been hesitant to make the switch from petrol to electric vehicles. However today we introduce a vehicle which is breaking the trend.

Electric vehicle with good range
The all new Kona

Hyundai have recently announced that they are working on a new Kona which will be powered by electricity 100%. And whatsmore, the specification for the new Kona will not be like the rest.

What is the driving range of the new Kona?

The new Kona will be able to drive up to 470 km, which is around 290 miles. Enough for you to carry out a return trip from Birmingham to London comfortably. With this range being available is clear that electric vehicle technology is definately moving in the right direction.

204 HP electric vehicle
Electric vehicle to compete with the Jaguar XE

What is the HP of the new Kona?

The new Kona boasts of up to 204 HP. It reaches 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds. This will be able to compete with petrol cars such as the Mercedes CLA 250, the Infinity Q50, Jaguar XE and the Audi TT. And on top of this it is good looking.

The new Kona represents a new wave of practical electric vehicles that actually perform well enough to ditch your high CO2 emitted electric vehicle.

What is fuelling our electric vehicles?

Most of us would agree that moving towards electric vehicles is a step in the right direction. In general it should reduce the poisonous CO2 emissions which is prevalant, especially in our cities. In addition we will begin to be more self sufficient in terms of energy. But have you ever wondered what energy sources will actually be fuelling the electricity we use?

What energy source will fuel your car?

Yes, its great to announce that we are ‘going green’ and now promoting the use of electric cars. We produced a blog on the pros and cons of Electric cars which you can access here. But for us at Electrical Installationz it is important to go the extra step, and to ask what will fuel the electricity, and is it sustainable and renewable?

What is fuelling our electricity?
What is the underlying energy source that is fueling our country?

The above diagram shows that UK electricity is curently fuelled by around 25% renewable energy. Which means that we will be exceeding our target of 20% renewable by 2020. This is definately a step in the right direction however the problem does not stop there. Around 75% of the time we will be using energy from non renewable sources. And these even include coal and gas which are extremely harmful for the environment.

How strong is the UK in terms of Renewable Energy?

Looking at the other countries in the chart we see that the UK is not really well ahead of other countries. In fact the diagram presents the UK as doing ‘very average’. And we can also see that Norway is definately leading the way from a self sustainability perspective. There is a lot that we can learn from Norway in fact, and realistically it should be them leading the discussion and helping other European countries follow suit. It will be very interesting to learn how Norway has managed to achieve these figures.

It also must be taken into account that although this diagram is from an official source (Bloomberg), in reality the figures are most likely an approximation. Hence in fact the figures around renewable energy sources may be inflated. However even if they are approximately correct they still shine a light on the UK as really needing to do more.

Getting ready for electric vehicles
Getting ready for electric vehicles

In conclusion it is already clear that Electrical Vehicles will make a positive impact to our environment. However it is important to look at the whole ecosystem, and the entire energy supply chain to tackle this issue head on. Focusing purely on a switch to electric vehicles will make a positive impact in regards to CO2 levels especially in inner cities. But if this is not coupled with a grass roots review of the full evergy supply chain we will be working in vein.

The Pros and Cons of Electric Cars

Although we all know that electric vehicles offer many benefits to drivers, it is important to know both sides of the equation in order to make a good decision about whether to purchase an electric vehicle or a standard petrol-based vehicle.

Pros

Electric cars make no noise

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One thing that is very noticeable about the urban environment is the outrageous amount of noise pollution which is present.

According to the World Health Organisation, noise is second only to air pollution in the impact it has on health. Noise can cause cardiovascular disease, sleep disturbance, and psychological problems.

While with petrol cars the average interior noise is around 70 dB, electric vehicles are practically silent.

You can charge at Home or Work

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The fact that electric cars can be charged overnight is a huge boon as it removes the hassle of going to petrol stations, and is often overlooked.

Furthermore, thanks to the OLEV grant, you can get £500 off the price of buying & installing a home charging point.

 

Electric cars reduce emissions

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Of course, as electric cars rely on a rechargeable battery, driving an electric car does not create any tailpipe emissions. Additionally, as less money is spent on fuel, it means that energy can be sourced from the National Grid, which means the use of more renewable resources such as the wind-farms.

Electric cars are high-performance

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Electric vehicles are high-performance vehicles whose motors are quiet and smooth. Electric vehicles’ motors also react quickly, making them more responsive and making them have good torque.

The latest speed records have been achieved with electric vehicles. As an example, the Tesla Model S P100D hit 60mph in 2.28 seconds, making it the first production car to reach 60mph in under 2.3 seconds. The reason why electric vehicles can accelerate so fast is that electric vehicles offer superior power to weight ratios.

Cons

Electric cars have a shorter range

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Electric vehicles on average have a shorter range than the petrol or diesel counterparts. The average model can range between 60 and 120 miles per charge. On the other hand, petrol based cars have an average range of around 300 miles, 3 times more than electric cars.

As a result of this, electric vehicles are less suitable for activities such as road trips.

Higher upfront cost

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As the electric vehicle market is still relatively young, the prices are higher than petrol and diesel based cars. In addition, there is not yet a large market for second-hand cars either.

However, the fuel cost savings, government subsidies and tax credits all can help to lower the overall price of electric cars.

Electric cars take longer to “refuel”

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The conventional car can refuel in a matter of minutes at a petrol-station, whereas electric vehicles can take up to 2 hours.

This can be a real downside to electric vehicles as if you have to make an unexpectedly long journey, it is possible to run out of power. The fact that cars can be charged at home or at work means that the time taken to refuel isn’t actually noticed, as the car can be charged when it is not being used. Hence having an electric vehicle can actually save time.

 

To conclude, it is important to think about what the vehicle is going to be used for when deciding whether or not to buy an electric car. If you are mostly driving around a city, it is most likely going to be a good option. If you are often making huge journeys, it may not be the best option.

What is the OLEV grant?

Currently, new electric vehicles are more expensive than second-hand diesel or petrol vehicles, but the UK government has put a number of schemes in place to make investing in an electric vehicle much more attractive.

The OLEV grant for home charging points funds up to £500 towards the cost of buying and installing a charge point.

How do I know if I am eligible?

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Type of car

Firstly, you need to have an eligible vehicle.

To see a list of eligible vehicle models for an OLEV grant, click here: Eligible vehicles.

Parking

You must also have off-street parking – that means that you can only install your home charge point in a driveway or garage.

Charge point

Lastly, the installer of your charge point needs to be authorized by OLEV for a successful application.

 

How do you claim the OLEV grant?

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OLEV has made a detailed guide on how to claim the OLEV grant. To get information click here: OLEV scheme

How long does it take to charge an electric car at home?

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

Charging an electric car is as simple as plugging it in at the nearest charging station or plug, but precisely how long depends on where you charge it, and your car model. The main options for charging an electric car are charging it at home (typically overnight), or at a public charging point.

How long does it take to charge an electric car at home?

When it comes to charging at home, you have a couple of choices – either plug it in to a standard UK socket or alternatively install a home charging point instead.

The majority of electric cars can be recharged in 9-10 hours on a standard 230V power socket. The idea is to charge the electric car overnight, but still, this takes quite a long time.

How long does it take to charge an electric car at home?
How long does it take to charge an electric car at home?

The better solution is to install a home charge point, as they cut down the charging time by almost half. With a home charge point, an electric vehicle can be recharged within 4-6 hours.

Using a standard socket is the easiest option, as it doesn’t require any additional setup or installations, but it is also by far the slowest option. Using a home charge point will allow you get much faster charging times as a result.

How long does it take to charge an electric car at a public charging point?

Public charging points are the quickest way to top up your electric car’s batteries if you are out and about. They can be found most commonly in motorway service stations and public car parks.

how quick can you charge an electric car?
how quick can you charge an electric car?

The standard fast chargers usually come in 7kWh and 22kWh varieties. The 7kWh charger is able to add 30 miles to the cars range per hour, whereas the 22kWh can add 80miles in the same time.

If you’re looking to really charge up your electric as quickly as possible, there are also rapid chargers that charge at 50kWh. These can add 80miles in just 30 minutes, but they are more expensive than the fast chargers.

time to charge electric car
time to charge electric car

Tesla superchargers currently charge at around 120kWh – which means a tesla model-s can get charged to max capacity from empty, in just 75minutes.

Of these options, the best one is probably the standard fast charger, as although it charges slower, it is much more affordable, and common in the UK.