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Hi,

Due to the pandemic the nature of my work is changing and so I will be working more locally than before. Say 50-100KM a day.

I am considering whether to buy a Kona EV or an Ioniq Electric or an Ioniq PHEV.

If the family goes camping etc then neither option is practical so I can't see this vehicle being used for many long trips.

Kona pros - range anxiety less often, good $/KM range, cons - more expensive, maybe more battery than i need, may need a charger at home

Ioniq EV - pros - less expensive than kona, better storage, looks comfortable, cheaper financing, cons - range anxiety, more expensive $/Km range, may need a charger at home

Ioniq PHEV - pros - no range anxiety, reasonably priced, good financing, cons - petrol engine will need servicing

Any advice gladly accepted! Thanks!
 

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I think it will all depend on the nature of your trip and the frequency of the long trip.

I owned Ioniq EV for over 2 years. Just had one service done. I love the car so much. Driving in pure EV is really a pleasure to me. I made use of the government incentive for the car as well as the level 2 charger back in 2017.

I recently traded my EV for 2020 PHEV. The reason is simply because my life style has changed a bit. Previously, my EV was for city driving almost 95% of the time is city driving. But now, we do road trip more frequent and I have small kids, so I do not want to have lot of stop over for charging. I feel it is a waste of time especially if you have small kids with you on a long trip. It is simply not convenient.

So I ended up trading my EV for PHEV. I would say I am very pleased with the PHEV. The first few long trip was quite a learning experience for me. Driving in HEV mode is quite different from EV mode especially if you have been driving EV for over 2 year, you will need sometime to get use to the HEV mode with the engine coming on.

But maintenance wise, I get 3 year free maintenance from Hyundai ( I believe they are still doing this promo till end of Aug) and also engine oil change frequency on this model is not every 6000km but rather every 12000 km.

I was told there is a minimal maintenance comparing to a regular ICE car.

If you do not have small kids, and you don't mind the stopping in between for recharging the EV, and time is not a factor in your travel then go for pure EV. But keep in mind, the Kona and Ioniq EV both have the waiting period over 6 month. If you place an order now, you will get it next year. That is what Hyundai told me when I was thinking of trading Ioniq for Kona EV.

Hope this is helpful.
 
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I think it will all depend on the nature of your trip and the frequency of the long trip.

I owned Ioniq EV for over 2 years. Just had one service done. I love the car so much. Driving in pure EV is really a pleasure to me. I made use of the government incentive for the car as well as the level 2 charger back in 2017.

I recently traded my EV for 2020 PHEV. The reason is simply because my life style has changed a bit. Previously, my EV was for city driving almost 95% of the time is city driving. But now, we do road trip more frequent and I have small kids, so I do not want to have lot of stop over for charging. I feel it is a waste of time especially if you have small kids with you on a long trip. It is simply not convenient.

So I ended up trading my EV for PHEV. I would say I am very pleased with the PHEV. The first few long trip was quite a learning experience for me. Driving in HEV mode is quite different from EV mode especially if you have been driving EV for over 2 year, you will need sometime to get use to the HEV mode with the engine coming on.

But maintenance wise, I get 3 year free maintenance from Hyundai ( I believe they are still doing this promo till end of Aug) and also engine oil change frequency on this model is not every 6000km but rather every 12000 km.

I was told there is a minimal maintenance comparing to a regular ICE car.

If you do not have small kids, and you don't mind the stopping in between for recharging the EV, and time is not a factor in your travel then go for pure EV. But keep in mind, the Kona and Ioniq EV both have the waiting period over 6 month. If you place an order now, you will get it next year. That is what Hyundai told me when I was thinking of trading Ioniq for Kona EV.

Hope this is helpful.
I think it will all depend on the nature of your trip and the frequency of the long trip.

I owned Ioniq EV for over 2 years. Just had one service done. I love the car so much. Driving in pure EV is really a pleasure to me. I made use of the government incentive for the car as well as the level 2 charger back in 2017.

I recently traded my EV for 2020 PHEV. The reason is simply because my life style has changed a bit. Previously, my EV was for city driving almost 95% of the time is city driving. But now, we do road trip more frequent and I have small kids, so I do not want to have lot of stop over for charging. I feel it is a waste of time especially if you have small kids with you on a long trip. It is simply not convenient.

So I ended up trading my EV for PHEV. I would say I am very pleased with the PHEV. The first few long trip was quite a learning experience for me. Driving in HEV mode is quite different from EV mode especially if you have been driving EV for over 2 year, you will need sometime to get use to the HEV mode with the engine coming on.

But maintenance wise, I get 3 year free maintenance from Hyundai ( I believe they are still doing this promo till end of Aug) and also engine oil change frequency on this model is not every 6000km but rather every 12000 km.

I was told there is a minimal maintenance comparing to a regular ICE car.

If you do not have small kids, and you don't mind the stopping in between for recharging the EV, and time is not a factor in your travel then go for pure EV. But keep in mind, the Kona and Ioniq EV both have the waiting period over 6 month. If you place an order now, you will get it next year. That is what Hyundai told me when I was thinking of trading Ioniq for Kona EV.

Hope this is helpful.
Very helpful - thanks!
 
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