Model 3 vs Kona EV

Discussion in 'Hyundai/Kia' started by Wildeyed, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. Wildeyed

    Wildeyed Well-Known Member

    I hesitate to even bring up Tesla in this forum since it seems to bring out the worst in people (and, indeed, the worst people period!) however I am curious about something: Now that I have lived with the Kona for a while I'm very confident in its range and that it vastly exceeds its rated range most days. It's rated 411 but goes 480 to 500+ for most drivers. My question: do Tesla's also exceed their rated range in the same way? They are quite expensive in comparison to the Kona but do they offer the same "bonus" mileage?
     
  2. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Well-Known Member

    Good question.. I was wondering the same. I have a friend in Austria who drives a Model X and he doesn't get the advertised range of this Model X with the 100 kwh battery. However, he drives a lot of Autobahn at 80+ mph speeds which explains his lack of range..
     
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  3. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Well-Known Member

    My guess is that on a long high speed highway trip, the Model 3 will get closer to it's rated range than the Kona. If you have 50% city and 50% highway use, the Kona will get significantly better range than it is rated. This is my guess based on the better aerodynamic of the M3.
     
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  4. My son has a LR RWD M3, so am very familiar with his car. While the Kona mostly exceeds its spec'd range, the M3 (spec'd at 500 kms) does the opposite. Having said that, I believe also the Tesla does better at higher hwy speeds. However, since we have never done a trip together with both cars, I can't say for sure how they would compare. Since he has a family, we can't all fit in one car, so it could very well happen one day.
     
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  5. Wildeyed

    Wildeyed Well-Known Member

    I'd actually started this thread within the Kona EV group (or thought I did!). Not sure how it ended up out here marooned! If a moderator sees this perhaps they could bump it? Thanks!
     
  6. Wildeyed

    Wildeyed Well-Known Member

    I was hoping you might chime in, thanks.
     
  7. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Well-Known Member

    I saw a video of a guy driving a Kona at 80 mph and he got about 3 miles per kwh, which would mean 192 miles range on a 258 mile range rating at 80 mph.
    There is also another video of a standard range plus Model 3 doing the same. He ended up with an average speed of 70 mph, going 80 mph whenever possible and he got a total range of about 210 miles on a 240 mile official range.
    I'm not sure what the average speed of the Kona was but I doubt that he was going 80 mph for the entire trip. If his average was 80 mph, it would explain the difference to the Model 3.
     
  8. Kona Bill

    Kona Bill New Member

    I just drove my Kona from LA, CA to Mesa never really exceeding 75mph and had a 4.4mi rate when I got home. I have found 70-75 will get me 3.3 to 4.0 mi/kh. I should note that I’d prefer to do 80-85mph but have heeded suggestions from the forum to slow down to conserve. Also, there was virtually no wind going through the desert and that helped a lot. I’ve found (as many here have noted) that everything is a factor when driving an EV.
     
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