How Much Range Do You ACTUALLY Need? | Tesla Model 3 (330 miles) vs Hyundai Kona EV (258 miles)

How much range do you think you actually need from your EV?

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This is the Hyundai Kona Electric
It’s FWD, packs a battery pack good for 258 miles, and the best part is it starts at $34,000

However, with bespoke EVs like Hyundai’s own Ioniq 5 starting at only $5,000 more and benchmark vehicles like the Tesla Model 3 to compete against, is there any room for an adapted chassis EV?

This Kona Electric comes with the new generation of Kona for 2022 and with it brings a lot of exciting options like the sporty and aggressive Kona N or on the other end of the spectrum you have this

And the cool thing about this new Kona Electric is that it starts at over $3,000 LESS than last year’s Kona EV

This 2022 Kona starts at an incredible $34,000 and that’s over $10,000 cheaper than the cheapest Model 3 you can get

AND that model 3 for all that extra money still only drives 2 wheels AND only gets you 9 more miles of range

He’s got a point, this FWD Kona is not particularly at home on wet or cold roads…which is…yanno…all of them in WI for 5 months out of the year

The immediate electric torque in this thing is sometimes a bit too much for the traction control to manage, but if you dial it back into eco mode or even better eco + then the throttle response is cut down and you do away with the grip problem

And in fairness…a Model 3 is RWD so it’s not like that’s any better

This is true, and the reality is if you don’t have the AWD system in this..even if you DO have the AWD system in this, the electric torque can unsettle the car pretty easily so it’s probably a good idea to get a nice set of snow tires for either car…

But here’s the thing matt isn’t talking about and it’s that while the base ranges for each of these cars is comparable, the Hyundai stops there and the tesla can go up to 334..

Which brings up the main question we’re answering in this video…how much range do you ACTUALLY need?

So here’s the problem with our culture and EVs. The second you talk to someone about whether or not they’d own an EV they immediately start acting as if they’re going to be picked randomly, and with no warning to participate in a cross-country rally.

This has never been the case for anyone. Ever.

If you’re going to need to venture outside of your daily or weekly routine you’ve probably known about it for at least a couple days.

Of course, we understand those people’s concerns and it’s actually less about range than it is about the uncertainty of finding a charger and it being available when you need it the 1 time you take a road trip

So the concern around how much range a car has is ACTUALLY a by-product of charging infrastructure, or lack thereof. and therein lies the real problem.

The problem is, the charging networks are not standardized which means, of course, not all cars can charge at all stations.

And not only are these chargers not standardized from a compatibility perspective, but they’re also not standardized from an output perspective

And that right there is why people are scared of EVs and keep pushing for a billion miles of range

The hard reality is that over 90% of the time you’re going to wake up, unplug your car on the way to work, drive there, maybe hit the gym, tan, laundry, and then plug in again at home.

Which means over 90% of the time you’re starting your day with a full charge and the average American lies within 30 miles of where they work so they don’t need anything more than 100 miles for that


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  2. Is there something different with the US/Canadian konas? Ours get over 300 miles in the UK. Claimed range is 300 but most manage 330+

  3. This is a brilliant video. My thoughts were the same with the Kona 64 in Hungary. This little beast can get you literally anywhere with even today's less developed charging network.
    Can't wait to get mine and see range in real life though. 🙂

  4. Bigger problem is going to be when everyone has these over grown toys and you have charging lines. How bad will tempera be when it takes 45 minutes to charge each car. It's bad enough when it takes 5 to fill up a car with gas. When the power goes out you are done

  5. If you're doing automotive journalism, you need to get a 240v outlet or wall charger. Otherwise just stop doing EV reviews. Your personal charging challenges at home without 240v completely distorts the normal EV ownership experience and you just make yourself look stupid and give an inaccurate view of life with that week's EV.