Should You Consider The New Hyundai Kona?

Avatar Tunde Oyeyode | November 19, 2020 28 Views 1 Like 5 On 2 Ratings

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Over the past week, Governor Sanwolu of Lagos state ceremoniously unveiled the Hyundai Kona electric car to the public at the Stallion Group Automobile factory in Ojo, Lagos.

A small handsome crossover SUV from the Korean Automaker, also the first electric vehicle to be assembled in Nigeria…a big achievement for the state don’t you think? Or misplaced priorities?

What Are The Numbers?

Hyundai Kona EV charging

Well. the Hyundai Kona will cost around N24,000,000 to have one in your driveway, pretty high for a small electric cross over SUV. For now, Hyundai and Stallion Group claim the Kona has a driving range of about 440kilometres…which sounds good on paper but we’re still skeptical about this because of the average Nigerian drive.

Heavy stop and go traffic coupled with bouts of constant hard breaking caused by oblivious transport drivers stopping at random points of the road to pick up passengers add this to the claimed 9hour charging time and you’ve got yourself some range anxiety.

Is It Practical Over Here?

Interior of the Hyundai Kona
Interior of the Hyundai Kona

Maybe, just maybe! First off, Nigeria is heavily handicapped in the electricity department with an overly inconsistent power supply that CANNOT be relied on, and the lack of charging stations also make you wonder if you should just go for the petrol-powered version. Yes, the Hyundai Kona has a fossil fuel burning twin which cost half the price! So an available gas-burning economical option then.

Governor Sanwolu has already promised to make electric charging stations across the state. We’re not sure when this will happen, but if you’re really considering getting a Hyundai Kona, then you will have to make do with charging it at home or at your workplace…good luck finding a long enough extension box.

So Should I Consider One?

You’re an electric car aficionado and you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to get an electric car in Nigeria, great for the environment and also you don’t have to buy that fuel again…just for your gen and your spare car.

Should you consider the Kona? Well, yes and no, We like to look at value for money and ease of use over here and we’ve been thinking, how about a used Tesla Model 3 then? It will cost you around the same price to buy and get to Nigeria and it has a better charging time too, with their home wall connectors you can charge them up in 7.3hours which is 2hours less than that of the Kona, and let’s not forget the features that come with Teslas.

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3

We’ve not driven the Kona yet, but we’re very sure it doesn’t compare in terms of features and performance.

Conclusion

Judging from user reviews in the Indian market, the Hyundai Kona is a pretty good car overall, but it’s a base entry-level Crossover and for that price point in Nigeria, there are several reasonable options one could seriously consider…including the Toyota Prius, Toyota Corolla Hybrid and many more.

One great thing that the Hyundai Kona has going for it is that you have the dealership to maintain the car for you when the time comes, we only have a finger hold of trusty garages with the experience and know how on maintaining electric car in Lagos.

Overall, this is a big step forward for Lagos state and the country in terms of environmental protection, but we feel, there are still a few things amiss with the poor power supply issue in the Nation.

Also, read about Jet Motors and their Electric plans

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