Hyundai Kona Electric Charging Guide: Charge times, speed and cost

Hyundai Kona Electric at charging station

The Hyundai Kona Electric small crossover SUV is Hyundai's cheapest and best-selling electric vehicle.


Originally debuting in 2019, it received a mid-life facelift in 2021. It starts from $54,500 before on-road costs with two trim levels – Elite and Highlander – and a small Standard Range or larger Extended Range battery offering up to 305km or 484km of driving range (WLTP) respectively.

How to Charge a Hyundai Kona Electric

The Kona Electric charging port uses the CCS standard, which features a combined AC and DC inlet port. The top portion of the inlet is for the Type 2 connector, which is used for AC charging at home, work or at public chargers (e.g. shopping centre car parks).

AC Charger at carpark (left) and DC Fast Charger (right)AC Charger at carpark (left) and DC Fast Charger (right)
AC Charger at carpark (left) and DC Fast Charger (right)

For public fast/rapid DC charging, both the upper and lower sections on the inlet are used to support the high power output required. The Kona Electric CCS charging inlet is found on the front of the vehicle on the grill.

The Kona Electric can be slow, fast and rapid charged from public charging stations. In most cases:

  • Slow charging requires a three-pin to Type 2 cable, usually supplied with the car.
  • Public AC charging will feature a tethered Type 2 connector or may require a Type 2 to Type 2 cable.
  • Rapid DC charging uses a tethered CCS connector which is part of the charging unit.
Type 2 CCS plug types

1. Find a public charging station for fast and rapid chargers

Plugshare is the easiest way to find any public AC and DC electric vehicle charging station in your area. It displays a map and overall rating of each charger from check-ins and comments.

Additionally, use the charging provider’s app like Chargefox or Evie Networks to view the live availability of stations and check whether a stall may be out-of-action.

2. Connect charging cable to car

Driving up to the charger, ensure that your vehicle’s charging port, located at the front, is nearest to the stall. This may require you to drive in or reverse into the charging spot.

Once parked, grab the appropriate charging connector type from the stall’s holster, open the Kona Electric’s charging flap and any other caps, and firmly plug it into the vehicle.

3. Confirm charging has started

Use the charging provider’s mobile app or tap the RFID card on the stall to activate the charging session. You may need to press a start button on some charging stalls, too.

After a few seconds of communicating with the Kona Electric, you can see the charging status via the station’s screen, the vehicle’s driver instrument display, or the mobile app.

How Long Does it Take to Charge a Hyundai Kona Electric?

Slow AC Charging (level 1,2) - Home/Business

The following tables show the estimated time to charge a Kona Electric with its onboard 7 kW charger. Known as level 1 or 2 charging, this would be typically done at home, work or shopping centre car parks. These times are for a full charge (0-100%).

Fast/Rapid DC Charging (level 3) - Public

The following tables show the estimated time to charge Kona Electric using fast/rapid DC charging. The Kona Electric can support maximum DC charging of 100 kW, chargers with higher output than this will be throttled to this limit.

It is recommended to limit the charging at rapid chargers to 80% to preserve battery health.

Note that the times shown are only a guide only. Other factors that might vary the actual charging time of your car. The estimates provided are for the Extended Range variant of the Kona Electric. For personalised estimates of the other variants use the zecar ev charging calculator.

How Much Does it Cost to Charge a Hyundai Kona Electric?

The below tables show the estimated cost of charging the Kona Electric's 64 kWh battery at home using a standard flat tariff or a public fast DC charger.

Based on these figures, the Kona Electric’s fuel costs are $3.7-$8.8 per 100 km, depending on the type of charging. In general, home charging provides the cheapest per kilometre cost and public rapid charging tends to be around double the cost (per charge and per kilometre). This compares favourably to an equivalent petrol car which would cost $15 per 100km, assuming $2/litre for petrol.

Use the zecar EV charging calculator to find the cost and times to charge any EV using any charge method. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.

The Hyundai Kona battery pack comprises the NMC chemistry. The recommended upper limit for daily use is 80%, this will minimise degradation and preserve the longevity of the battery.

Occasional charging of the battery to 100% to maximise the car's range for longer trips should not cause significant degradation of the battery.

Hyundai Kona Electric Charging at Home

Hyundai Kona Electric AC charging work

The Kona Electric is compatible with almost all portable and wall-mounted chargers equipped with a type 2 plug. It comes with a portable charging cable, which can be used on any Australian domestic powerpoint

For faster charging speeds, you may want to consider a wall-mounted charger to reach the maximum 7.2 kW charge rate the Kona Electric is capable of.

Home charging while taking longer will likely result in less degradation.

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Hyundai Kona Electric Charging using Public DC charging stations

Hyundai Kona Electric Fast charger

The Kona Electric can be charged using all the major charging networks except Tesla Superchargers and some select Tesla destination chargers.

Refer to this guide for all the key public charging providers including links to app downloads.

Excessive use of fast charging may accelerate the degradation of the battery due to the heat caused by fast charging.

Charging a Hyundai Kona Electric Bottom Line

The Kona Electric is considered about average when it comes to charging speeds compared to other electric cars. It provides acceptable fast speeds using both AC chargers and DC fast chargers. Check out our fastest charging car list to see how the Kona Electric ranks against its peers.

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Danny is a consultant and entrepreneur working at the cutting edge of the electric vehicle and energy transition. He is passionate about educating and helping consumers make better decisions through data. He is the founder of zecar and is currently the EV Innovation Manager at Endeavour Energy.

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