Kona to Edinburgh: 700 miles in Hyundai’s new EV for the masses
No satisfied finishing at Gretna
In principle I wouldn’t want to quit once more however to make sure I didn’t get stranded in the Borders, I ended 80 unusual miles additional on at Gretna. Sustained dual carriageway speeds with the heater on intended that the vary, whilst nonetheless OK, used to be nonetheless considerably not up to the shuttle pc used to be predicting. I arrived at Gretna at four.10pm with a 139 miles closing and 90 miles to cross, handiest to in finding the handiest Ecotricity CCS DC charger out of order. I nonetheless had the possibility of connecting to the 7kW AC charger however it will be too sluggish to be of any use.
I pressed on, making plans to quit at Abington sooner than the ultimate run throughout nation. It used to be darkish, chilly and raining by way of the then and I used to be the use of lighting in addition to heating. After not up to a minute, the charger terminated charging, reporting a ‘vehicle fault.’
I attempted a couple of extra instances and phoned Ecotricity make stronger who stated the charger is also simply ‘having a moment’ and to check out protecting the plug in position whilst it began charging. That didn’t paintings so I consulted Zap Map, the web site which lists all chargers in the UK, and located there used to be a Chargeplace Scotland charger in the automobile park at Abington village a mile away. When I arrived, plugs and cables had been mendacity on the rainy flooring. I paddled round a little, and gave it a shot, however the DC charger used to be additionally out of order.
I left for the ultimate leg and periodically became the heater off which made a noticeable distinction to the miles in keeping with kilowatt show (actual time gasoline intake) however I were given chilly in the procedure so became it again on. I swung into the pressure at my vacation spot at eight.15pm with round 30 miles vary left, calories intake making improvements to noticeably when I switched from motorways to B-roads. The noisiest factor on the dual carriageway have been tyre noise however differently the Kona used to be at ease, smartly supplied and serene when cruising however punchy when you want it to be.
New taste of riding
On the approach, I had some a laugh with the paddles which allow you to keep watch over the quantity of regenerative braking. The function introduces a new taste of riding as a result of set to top regen on customary roads or in stop-start riding, the accelerator doubles as a brake similar to the Nissan Leaf E-pedal and also you hardly ever want the energy-squandering typical brakes in any respect. On the dual carriageway, Hyundai advise knocking the regen proper again, permitting the automobile to coast while you elevate off to lend a hand lengthen the vary. That appeared to make sense.