2020 Hyundai Kona Electric gets a 11 kW on-board charger

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Motor just deleted a press release where it informed that the new model year Hyundai Kona Electric is going to get a 11 kW on-charger in Europe.

Fortunately Stefan Kopeinig saved a screenshot with the important information from the deleted press release.



Hyundai Motor to upgrade Kona Electric press release


Besides the new 3-phase 11 kW on-board charger, the new Hyundai Kona Electric also gets the new Hyundai Blue Link app, optional new centre display touch-screen and heated rear seats.

In Europe, 11 kW on-board chargers should be standard by now, with an additional charger in parallel to reach 22 kW as an option. LG Chem is already producing 11 kW on-board chargers – aimed to the European market – with an impressive energy efficiency of 95 %.

Anyway, the deliveries of the new upgraded Hyundai Kona Electric will begin in European markets in late 2019.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

11 Responses

  1. Mario says:

    What a shame… 11kw means only 3kw for most users. Very few have access to 3phase supply

    • Pedro Lima says:

      Not really, for example the on-board charger of the BMW i3 delivers 11 kW when 3-phase is available and 7,4 kW when only single-phase is present.

    • Pajda says:

      Yes, if marketing department let the technical department do their job. They will design universal 11 kW onboard charger which can be easily factory modified to 3×16 A or 1×48 A. Or the second option is that the charger will automaticaly switch between 3×16 A or 1×32 A(48 A) as is used in BMW i3.

      This is for me only confirmation that using only 7.4 kW charger in Kona (in 2018) was idiotic decision.

      • Paul says:

        I would expect it simply to limit DC output to the 11 kW and not care how the phases are populated with current, up to 32 A each. Agree it was stupid for them to not research worldwide home power standards before releasing the original model.

  2. Jim says:

    Isn’t it Nissan leaf 95% efficient since… forever?

  3. Magnus H says:

    Why do you think they deleted the PR? Maybe it’s not true?

    • Pedro Lima says:

      Sometimes writers make drafts and publish them before time by mistake. It can easily happen online.
      I think that the press release content is real, but Hyundai realized it would make angry customers that have been waiting for their cars for months and now will get an “outdated” product.

  4. Mark says:

    11 Kw is very convenient in My i3 and means a lot less time spent at DC chargers. 22 Kw would be a whole lot better.

    Even if 3 Kw single phase was only available , the majority of people don’t drive 400 Km a day and there’s no reason someone couldn’t plug in at 50% charge instead of waiting until it gets to 10% or less.

  5. Brilliant post, I couldn’t agree more!

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