High gas prices got you down? An electric vehicle (EV) is an easy solution to eliminate that ever-growing monthly expense. For over a decade, Hyundai has set its sights on creating hybrid and electric vehicles to reduce a driver’s carbon footprint and vehicle emissions.
Hyundai has a goal of full electrification by 2020, viewing EVs as the way of the future. For that reason, they offer a great range of full EV models. In fact, Hyundai offers the widest range of electrified vehicles in Canada, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, and fuel cell vehicles.
EVs rely solely on electric power and do not use gasoline at all, unlike hybrid vehicles or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). EVs have zero emissions thanks to their electric powertrain and lack of a gasoline engine. Depending on their battery size, most EVs offer an impressive driving range, allowing them to travel hundreds of kilometers before needing to be charged.
Hyundai offers two full EV models:
- 2022 IONIQ 5 SUV
- 2022 KONA Electric SUV
Electric Charges vs Gas Charges
In March of 2022, gas prices were hovering around CA$1.70 per litre at gas stations near Cooksville Hyundai and electric kWh prices were around 10 cents. Let’s determine the difference between driving a 2022 Hyundai KONA Electric SUV and 2022 Hyundai KONA gas version.
|2022 Hyundai KONA Gas||2022 Hyundai KONA Electric|
|Gas Tank Size||50 L||N/A|
|Combined Fuel Economy||7.2 L/100km||N/A|
|Cost to Fill Gas Tank||$85||N/A|
|Time to Refill/Recharge from Empty||5 minutes||8.5 hours|
|EV Battery Capacity||N/A||64.0 kWh|
|Cost to Charge EV on 240 V||N/A||85 cents|
|Driving Range on Full Tank/Charge||700 km||415 km|
|Cost Per km||12 cents||Less than 1 cent (two-hundredths of a cent)|
In this comparison, it is easy to see that the 2022 Hyundai KONA Electric wins the electric vs gas charges battle hands down. It costs less than $1 to recharge the battery from empty, with an average cost per kilometer at two-hundredths of a cent. It obviously takes longer to charge when using a Level 2 charger at home, like this comparison shows, but the vehicle can simply charge overnight.
For the gas version, it costs $85 to fill the tank. While drivers get a longer range (approximately 700 kilometres) before needing to refuel, it still costs a lot more per kilometre to drive the KONA gas SUV (12 cents per kilometre).
Electric vehicles offer many advantages over gas-powered vehicles, including saving money, being more environmentally friendly, and providing better performance.
1.No Gas Required – The driving ranges of the 2022 Hyundai KONA Electric (415 km) and IONIQ 5 (488 km) SUVs allow you to get where you’re going without using any gasoline. Charging at your home would have a cost to it, but even paying 10 cents per kilowatt, you could charge your EV at a cost that is comparable to 25 cents per litre of gasoline. Depending on your driving habits and the kilometres put on your vehicle annually, you could save hundreds or thousands of dollars by driving an EV.
2.Environmentally Friendly – EVs do not emit pollutants, reducing CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases that are put out into the atmosphere. Vehicle emissions are a main culprit in global warming, so switching to an EV would be one way to do your part to help the environment.
3.Lower Maintenance Costs – Electric vehicles feature an electric motor instead of a gasoline engine. These electric motors have fewer parts, require less maintenance (no oil changes needed!), and generally save you on operating costs.
4.Better Performance – EVs have more power to them than gasoline vehicles. In fact, the KONA Electric SUV is almost 2.5 seconds faster in 0-to-100-km/h acceleration than the KONA gas version. It also provides 64 horsepower more than the standard engine and 6 horsepower more than the turbocharged option. You do not have to sacrifice performance when choosing an EV.
The 2022 Kona Electric: High EV Power and Generous Maximum Range
If you're still undecided between the compact power of the Kona and the track-ready performance of the Kona N, there's one more model type available in this versatile SUV lineup. The Kona Electric takes the same body styling and internal comforts of the regular Kona, but replaces the gas powertrain with an all-electric option. Offering an output of 201 horsepower, a maximum range of 412km per charge, and a 0-100km/h acceleration time of just 6.4 seconds, the Kona Electric is a highly impressive entry into the fast-growing electric SUV market.
Electric Car Rebates
There is no denying that EVs are more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts. Even eliminating the cost of gasoline, the initial sticker price on an EV can be a shock to potential buyers.
However, rebates and government incentives reduce the price of EVs, bringing them more in line with gas-powered vehicles. As the world moves toward electrification, these bonuses incentivize drivers to switch from gas to electric. Incentives vary by region, but here are some of the benefits that drivers purchasing a Hyundai EV in Ontario can enjoy:
1.Drivers can receive up to $5,000 in government incentives, which significantly reduces the difference in purchase price between a gas model and its EV counterpart.
2.With an Ontario Green Vehicle license plate, you can gain unrestricted access to high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, regardless of the number of passengers.
3. With the best warranty program in the business, Hyundai provides:
*5-year/100,000-km comprehensive limited warranty
*5-year/unlimited-km roadside assistance program
*8-year/160,000-km hybrid and plug-in hybrid system warranty
Going electric is a great solution to beating high gas prices, and they offer many other advantages over gas-powered vehicles. It is a great choice for drivers that want to save money and help the environment.