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Is there any towing capacity specification for the Kona EV?
I often like to take mountain bikes on a tow hitch mounted bike rack.
 

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Not sure about the exact numbers but the front-wheel version actually has a higher towing capacity than the all-wheel-drive Kona.
 

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I'm sure that the Kona is more than capable of towing a couple bikes on a rack, but I would expect a hit to your range. Haven't been able to find any confirmed values as of yet, aside from what the petrol model offers. Tires can make a significant difference in towing capacity.
 

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I'm sure that the Kona is more than capable of towing a couple bikes on a rack, but I would expect a hit to your range. Haven't been able to find any confirmed values as of yet, aside from what the petrol model offers. Tires can make a significant difference in towing capacity.
Well you have to be reasonable about it. Don't this to haul 4+ adult mountain bikes like what you see most Minivans up to, instead it should be safe for this to haul at least two, and maybe some small kids bikes. Anything more than a few hundred pounds combined is too much IMO, in addition to the weight of occupants.
 

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Is there any towing capacity specification for the Kona EV?
I often like to take mountain bikes on a tow hitch mounted bike rack.
Did you find out whether a bike carrier/hitch/roof rack is allowed, or whether it would void the Hyundai warranty as it apparently does for the Ioniq in most countries?
 

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Did you find out whether a bike carrier/hitch/roof rack is allowed, or whether it would void the Hyundai warranty as it apparently does for the Ioniq in most countries?
Just finished reading the 2019 Owners Manual in .pdf format and on page 5-106 it states

Towing capacity
We do not recommend using this
vehicle for trailer towing

In the EV manual it's page 5-120
 

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I'd have to agree here.

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Towing on the Kona in general remains a confusing subject. While I'm sure it won't be a problem putting a small bike rack on it, the actual tow capacity varies from "don't tow" to notable weights depending on the market. For example, the US models all say not to tow at all with them, but in Australia they list 1250kg/1300kg depending on the model. As all of them are built in the same place, I have a hard time believing that there is actually any difference in tow capacity. That suggests that either for marketing or legal reasons they are officially discouraging towing in some markets.

That said, Australia doesn't have the EV yet so it may be universal on that model that it officially does not have a tow capacity as far as trailer towing goes.
 

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I don't have a clue on the Kona EV. Hauling 4 larger people weighing 230 lbs is not out of normal in the USA so it can take that I bet. So 1,000 lbs. Towing capacity in Europe for the 1.6T gas AWD is somewhere around 1,750 lbs if I remember right. My 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT with a 1.8 liter said it could tow 1,250 lb (if I remember right) in 2014 the same bodied car with a high HP version of the 2.0 liters said "not recommended". Around that time a lot of cars and small SUV pulled towing spec because of manufacture collusion to not have to deal with towing since they get a couple morons pulling Bobcats with a Mazda 3. That actually happened at a local Mazda dealership when a guy came in for parts. They took a picture of the car and license and then the VIN# in the windshield and sent in to Mazda to void his trans warranty. The only thing they could come up with was he was a contractor and his truck broke down and he had to get to his jobsite and he rolled the dice, and used his wife's Mazda 3.

I installed a hitch and tow a 1,200 lb fully loaded in travel mode 14 ft boat with a 25 hp motor and it tows fantastic. You just have to use the trans in sport mode and keep it in lower gears where the motor stays at 3,000 to 3,200 when towing at speed on the hwy. My 1.8 Elantra towed well too, but only locally( 50 mile radius) . If they were too ask I would tell them it is for my bike rack, and if they ask why do you have a trailer light convertor I would say I have a 4 place bike rack and I got a ticket for blocking the brake light and blinkers and the rack has those on the back of the rack now. "Not recommended" by no means voiding of your warranty. Just by saying those words they cleared 70% of the towers off there list that took "not recommended " as void your warranty.



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They recommend not towing because getting rear ended will mess up your battery pack and can cause a fire or whatever due to impact. The bumper is made in a way that the initial hit by a car would be diverted battery wise. But if you tow, it is installed on the chassis which will get direct impact and mess up the battery pack... You can of course install it, but it's dangerous to do so...
 

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They recommend not towing because getting rear ended will mess up your battery pack and can cause a fire or whatever due to impact. The bumper is made in a way that the initial hit by a car would be diverted battery wise. But if you tow, it is installed on the chassis which will get direct impact and mess up the battery pack... You can of course install it, but it's dangerous to do so...
So if that is true, they should of used different wording other then "not recommended " that is used when all the USA/Canada manufacturers are colluding to stop towing on anything but large vehicles, when clearly the exact same models in Europe can tow. At least add added description why.



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They recommend not towing because getting rear ended will mess up your battery pack and can cause a fire or whatever due to impact. The bumper is made in a way that the initial hit by a car would be diverted battery wise. But if you tow, it is installed on the chassis which will get direct impact and mess up the battery pack... You can of course install it, but it's dangerous to do so...
Oh well, what's life without danger?? :grin::grin:
 
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