2023 Hyundai Kona-EV Foreword and EV Mode Instructions

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Hyundai Kona-EV 2023 Foreword and EV Mode

With its cutting-edge Foreword technology, the 2023 Hyundai Kona-EV starts a new era of automobile innovation. It is meant to change how safe and aware people are on the road. As a watchful keeper, Foreword uses a variety of advanced sensors, such as radar and cameras, to constantly scan the area around the vehicle, quickly identifying potential obstacles and pedestrians and sending visual and audible alerts to the driver. This makes every trip safer and more secure. The Kona-EV also shows its concern for the environment with its amazing EV Mode, which sets new standards for electric driving. This innovative mode lets drivers get the most out of the car’s electric powertrain, which cuts down on pollution and emissions and increases fuel economy while providing an exciting, noiseless ride. The 2023 Hyundai Kona-EV combines the two themes of innovation and sustainability, which is a huge step forward in the history of electric cars.

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Your Owner’s Manual will introduce you to the features and operation of your new HYUNDAI. To become familiar with your new HYUNDAI, so that you can fully enjoy it, read this Owner’s Manual carefully before driving your new vehicle.
This manual contains important safety information and instructions intended to familiarize you with your vehicle’s controls and safety features so you can safely operate your vehicle.
This manual also contains information on maintenance designed to enhance safe operation of the vehicle. It is recommended that all service and maintenance on your car be performed by an authorized HYUNDAI dealer. HYUNDAI dealers are prepared to provide high-quality service, maintenance and any other assistance that may be required.
This Owner’s Manual should be considered a permanent part of your vehicle and should be kept in the vehicle so you can refer to it at any time. The manual should stay with the vehicle if you sell it to provide the next owner with important operating, safety and maintenance information.

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How to Use This Manual

We want to help you get the greatest possible driving pleasure from your vehicle. Your Owner’s Manual can assist you in many ways. We strongly recommend that you read the entire manual. To minimize the chance of death or injury, you must read the WARNING and CAUTION sections in the manual.
Illustrations complement the words in this manual to best explain how to enjoy your vehicle. By reading your manual, you will learn about features, important safety information, and driving tips under various road conditions.
The general layout of the manual is provided in the Table of Contents. Use the
index when looking for a specific area or subject; it has an alphabetical listing of all information in your manual.
Sections: This manual has nine chapters plus an index. Each section begins with a brief list of contents so you can tell at a glance if that section has the information you want.

Safety Messages

Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. This Owner’s Manual provides you with many safety precautions and operating procedures. This information alerts you to potential hazards that may hurt you or others, as well as damage to your vehicle.
Safety messages found on vehicle labels and in this manual describe these hazards and what to do to avoid or reduce the risks.
Warnings and instructions contained in this manual are for your safety. Failure to follow safety warnings and instructions can lead to serious injury or death.
Throughout this manual DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION, NOTICE and the SAFETY ALERT SYMBOL will be used.
This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential physical injury hazards. Obey all safety messages that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death. The safety alert symbol precedes the signal words DANGER, WARNING and CAUTION.

DANGER indicates a hazardous situation that, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.

WARNING indicates a hazardous situation that, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.

CAUTION indicates a hazardous situation that, if not avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury.

NOTICE indicates a situation that, if not avoided, could result in vehicle damage.

Vehicle Modifications

  • This vehicle should not be modified. Modification of your vehicle could affect its performance, safety or durability and may even violate governmental safety and emissions regulations.
    In addition, damage or performance problems resulting from any modification may not be covered under warranty.
  • If you use unauthorized electronic devices, it may cause the vehicle to operate abnormally, wire damage, battery discharge and fire.
    For your safety, do not use unauthorized electronic devices.

Items contained in motor vehicles or emitted from them are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or reproductive harm.
These include:

  • Gasoline and its vapors
  • Engine exhaust
  • Used engine oil
  • Interior passenger compartment components and materials
  • Component parts that are subject to heat and wear
  • In addition, battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead, lead compounds and other chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm.

Vehicle Data Collection and Event Data Recorders

This vehicle is equipped with an event data recorder (EDR). The main purpose of an EDR is to record, in certain crash or near crash-like situations, such as an air bag deployment or hitting a road obstacle, data that will assist in understanding how a vehicle’s systems performed. The EDR is designed to record data related to vehicle dynamics and safety systems for a short period of time, typically 30 seconds or less. The EDR in this vehicle is designed to record such data as:

  • How various systems in your vehicle were operating;
  • Whether or not the driver and passenger safety belts were buckled/ fastened;
  • How far (if at all) the driver was depressing the accelerator and/or brake pedal; and,
  • How fast the vehicle was traveling.

These data can help provide a better understanding of the circumstances in which crashes and injuries occur. NOTE: EDR data are recorded by your vehicle only if a non-trivial crash situation occurs; no data are recorded by the EDR under normal driving conditions and no personal data (for example, name, gender, age, and crash location) are recorded. However, other parties, such as law enforcement, could combine the EDR data with the type of personally identifying data routinely acquired during a crash investigation.
To read data recorded by an EDR, special equipment is required, and access to the vehicle or the EDR is needed. In addition to the vehicle manufacturer, other parties, such as law enforcement, that have the special equipment, can read the information if they have access to the vehicle or the EDR.

Electric Vehicle

Electric Vehicles (EVs)

An electric vehicle is driven using a battery and an electric motor. While general vehicles use an internal combustion engine and gasoline as fuel, electric vehicles use electrical energy that is charged inside the high-voltage battery. As a result, electric vehicles are eco-friendly in that they do not require fuel and do not emit exhaust gases.

Characteristics of Electric Vehicles (EVs)

  1. EVs are using the electrical energy that is charged inside the high-voltage battery. In terms of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, EVs are cleaner than conventional vehicles.
  2. A 150 kW electric drive motor mated to a reduction gearbox comprises the vehicle drivetrain. This electric-only powertrain significantly reduces engine room noise and vibration while driving.
  3. When decelerating or driving downhill, regenerative braking is utilized to charge the high-voltage battery. This helps to minimize energy loss and increases vehicle range.
  4. When the state of charge (SOC) of the battery is low, the EV battery can be recharged through several different charging methods. Refer to “Charging Information” later in this section.

What does regenerative braking do?
It uses an electric motor when decelerating and braking and transforms kinetic energy to electrical energy in order to charge the high-voltage battery. (Torque is applied in the opposite direction when decelerating to generate braking force and electric energy.)

Battery Information

  • The vehicle is composed of a high-voltage battery that drives the motor and air-conditioner, and an auxiliary battery (12 V) that drives the lamps, wipers, and audio system.
  • The auxiliary battery is automatically charged when the vehicle is in the ready ( ) mode or the high-voltage battery is being charged.

Main Components of Electric Vehicle

  •  On-Board Charger (OBC) : A device that charges the high voltage battery by converting AC power from a charging station to DC power. Inverter: A device that transforms direct current (DC) from the high voltage battery into alternating current (AC) to supply power to the electric motor and transforms AC back into DC when available to charge the high voltage battery.
  • LDC: An LDC is a low-voltage DC-to-DC converter that transforms power from the high-voltage battery to the low-voltage battery (12V) in order to supply electrical power to the vehicle to operate the lights, wipers, multimedia, etc.
  •  Electric Motor: A device that converts electrical energy from the high-voltage battery into mechanical energy which is then transferred as rotational torque to the wheels to drive the vehicle.
  • Reduction gear : Delivers rotational force of the motor to the tires at appropriate speeds and torque.
  • EV Battery (Lithium-ion) : On board high voltage storage device with a capacity up to 64 kWh
  • OBC: On-Board Charger
  • LDC: Low Voltage DC-DC Converter


  • Do not intentionally remove or disassemble high-voltage components and high-voltage battery connectors and wires. Also, be careful not to damage high-voltage components and the high-voltage battery. It may cause serious injury and significantly impact the performance and durability of the vehicle.
  • When inspection and maintenance is required for high-voltage components and the high-voltage battery, contact an authorized HYUNDAI dealer.

High Voltage Battery (lithium-ion polymer) 

  • The charge amount of the high-voltage battery may gradually decrease when the vehicle is not being driven.
  • The battery capacity of the high voltage battery may decrease when the vehicle is stored in high/low temperatures.
  • Electric range may vary depending on the driving conditions, even if the charge amount is the same. The high-voltage battery may expend more energy when driving at high speed or uphill. These actions may reduce the vehicle’s electric range.
  • The high-voltage battery is used when using the air-conditioner/heater. This may reduce the vehicle range. Make sure to set moderate temperatures when using the air-conditioner/heater.
  • Natural degradation may occur with the high voltage battery depending on the number of years the vehicle is used. This may reduce the vehicle range.
  •  If over time the maximum charge capacity and the maximum electric range appear to have degraded more than 30% less than at new condition, contact an authorized HYUNDAI dealer for inspection and maintenance.
  •  If the vehicle will not be used for an extended amount of time, it is recommended to fully charge the vehicle to 100% before storing, and then charge the vehicle periodically (approximately every 3 months) to prevent the EV battery from discharging completely.
  • AC charge is recommended to keep the high-voltage battery in optimal condition.
    Avoid storing the vehicle with a low battery SOC % (for example, below 20%). Storing the vehicle with the EV battery capacity at a low SOC may damage the battery over time.


  • Make sure to use a designated charger when charging the high-voltage battery. Using different types of chargers may have a serious impact on vehicle durability.
  •  If the vehicle is kept at “H (High)”  for a long period, it may damage the high-voltage battery and the high-voltage battery may have to be replaced depending on the level of degradation.
  • If the vehicle is in a collision, contact an authorized HYUNDAI dealer to inspect whether the high-voltage battery is still connected.

EV Battery Coolant Heater

When charging your vehicle, the EV battery coolant heater may be turned on to increase battery temperature when the battery temperature is low (for example, in cold weather conditions). This allows the EV battery to charge
at nominal temperatures and helps to improve battery life.
Note that when the vehicle is being charged some of the electrical current coming from the charger is being
used to operate the EV battery coolant heater. Electrical power consumption for charging may be slightly higher than normal.
The high-voltage battery warmer system operates when the charging connector is connected to the vehicle.
However, the high voltage warmer system may not operate when the battery temperature drops below -31°F (-35°C).

EV Mode

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If you select the “EV” menu at the home screen you can enter EV mode.
For details on EV Mode, refer to the Multimedia manual that is provided separately.

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The EV mode has a total of 5 menus, Nearby station, Energy information, Charge management, ECO driving and EV settings.

  • EV mode menu may vary depending on which functions are applicable to your vehicle.

Nearby Stations 

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Select ‘EV ➞ Map ➞ Charging stations’ on the screen. Stations around the current location are searched. Select a station to see detailed information of the station.

Energy Information

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Select ‘EV ➞ Energy information’ on the screen.
You can check battery information and energy consumption.

Battery information

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You can check the reachable range, total battery power remaining, and expected charging time for each charge type.

  • The distance to empty is calculated based on the real-time electric energy efficiency while driving. The distance may change if the driving pattern changes.
  • The distance to empty may vary according to the change of the driving pattern even if the same target battery charge level is set.

Energy consumption 

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You can check the current energy consumption for each system of the vehicle.

  1. ‘Driving’ shows the total power and energy consumption of the driving motor’s driving energy and regenerative energy.
  2. ‘Climate’ shows the power and energy consumption which are used by the heater or air conditioner.
  3. ‘Electronics’ shows the power and energy consumption which are used by the vehicle systems including the cluster, infotainment system (speaker and navigation), headlight, vehicle control unit, etc.
  4. ‘Battery care’ shows the momentary power and energy consumption which are used when:
    • Operating the winter mode to increase the battery temperature during winter to improve the driving performance.
    • Cooling down the battery temperature during summer to prevent overtemperature of the battery.

Charge Management

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Select ‘EV ➞ Charge management’ on the screen. You can set the date and time of when to charge the battery, climate control temperature, location-based charging options and other various functions.

Charging and climate

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You can set the date and time of when to charge the battery and the climate control temperature. Also, you may select the time to start charging using the off-peak time setting.

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Departure time

  1. Set anticipated departure time for scheduled charging and target temperature.
  2. Select the day of the week to activate scheduled charging and target temperature for departure time.

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Target temperature settings
1. Set target temperature.
Pre-schedule heating
If the target temperature (1) is set
with the cable connected, the cabin temperature will be adjusted to the target temperature at departure time
(without loss of high-voltage battery charging level). In cold weather, pre-schedule heating helps enhance electric vehicle performance by heating the vehicle in advance.

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Off-peak time settings

  1. If selected, starts charging only on the designated off-peak time If deselected, starts charging only on the scheduled time
  2.  Set the most inexpensive time to complete charging
  3.  selected, starts charging at off-peak time (may keep on charging pass off-peak time to charge 100%)
  4. Off-peak tariffs only: If selected, charges only within off-peak time (may not charge 100%)

Charging limit 

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  • The maximum charging limit can be selected for either DC fast charging (DC charger) or Level 1 / Level 2 charging (AC charger). Charging will stop when the vehicle reaches the designated battery charge level.
  • The maximum charging limit can be adjusted in 10% increments.
  • Note that if the battery charge level (SOC%) is above the designated maximum charging limit, the vehicle will not be charged.

Charging current  

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  • For Level 1 or Level 2 charging, you can also adjust the charging current. Select the appropriate charging current based on the type of charger and current capacity.
  • If the charging process does not start or abruptly stops in the middle, re-select another proper current and re-try charging the vehicle.
  • Charging time varies depending on which charging current is selected.

ECO Driving

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Select ‘EV ➞ ECO Driving’ on the screen. You can check the CO2 reduction and ECO driving history.

CO2 reduction

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The CO2 reduction display allows you to monitor the benefits of reduced greenhouse gas emissions of your EV relative to a conventional gasoline vehicle. While driving your vehicle, the display estimates the amount of reduced CO2 that would have been emitted from the tailpipe emissions of a conventional vehicle.

Driving history

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The driving history displays information from the last several driving cycles including date, distance traveled and energy efficiency rate. A star icon indicates the driving cycle with the most efficient energy consumption rate.

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EV Settings

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Select ‘EV ➞ ECO settings’ on the screen. You can set the Winter mode, Warning and EV route functions.

Utility mode 

The high voltage battery is used instead of the 12V auxiliary battery for operating the convenient features of the vehicle. When driving is not necessary such as while camping or when stopping the vehicle for a long time, it is possible to use the electrical devices (audio, lights, air conditioner, heater, etc.) for long hours.

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System Setting and Activation
System setting
The driver can activate the Utility mode function when the following conditions are satisfied.

  • The vehicle is in the ready () mode and the gear is shifted to P (Park).
  • The EPB (Electronic Parking Brake) is applied.
  • ‘EV settings ➞ Utility mode’ is selected on the infotainment system screen.

System Activation
When the system is activated:

  • The () indicator will turn off and the) indicator will illuminate on the cluster.
  • All electric devices are usable but the vehicle cannot be driven.
  • The EPB can be cancelled by pressing the EPB switch.
    Gear cannot be shifted out of P (Park). If a shift attempt is made, the message “Shifting conditions not met” will be displayed on the infotainment system screen.

System Deactivation
The Utility mode can be deactivated by pressing the START/STOP button to the OFF position. The function cannot be deactivated from the EV settings.

Winter mode

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In cold climates and during winter months, electric vehicle range may be reduced and charging times may increase.
This is primarily due to the reduced performance of the EV battery when exposed to cold temperatures.
Some vehicles may come equipped with a Winter mode selectable option. The Winter mode feature can be selected in the EV Settings menu.
When selected, Winter mode enables the use of the EV battery coolant heater. This mode is recommended to improve EV battery performance in cold climate conditions.
Note that EV range may reduce when Winter mode is enabled, as electrical energy is used to maintain the EV battery temperature.
Winter mode enables the operation of the EV battery coolant heater. While driving your vehicle, if the battery temperature is low or the A/C and/or heater is turned ON, the EV battery coolant heater will be used. Note that the EV battery coolant heater will not be used when the EV battery SOC is low.

  • This mode is available for vehicles equipped with the battery heater.


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  • You can select or deselect the Range Warning.
  • Range Warning: If the destination set in the navigation cannot be reached with the remaining EV battery charge level, a warning message is displayed.

EV route

If EV route is selected, EV-related information will show on the route. You can check the distance the vehicle can be driven with the current battery amount along the route. An icon is also indicated so the driver can search for nearby charging stations.


What is the significance of the Foreword feature in the 2023 Hyundai Kona-EV?

The Foreword feature is a unique system in the Kona-EV that enhances safety by monitoring the area in front of the vehicle and providing alerts for potential obstacles or collisions.

How does the Foreword feature work in the Hyundai Kona-EV?

The Foreword feature uses various sensors, including cameras and radar, to detect objects, pedestrians, or vehicles in the vehicle’s path. If a potential collision is detected, it can provide visual and audible warnings to the driver.

Can the Foreword feature automatically apply the brakes to prevent a collision?

Depending on the trim level and package options, the Kona-EV may offer Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) that can automatically apply the brakes to mitigate or prevent a collision.

Is the Foreword feature always active in the Hyundai Kona-EV?

The Foreword feature is typically active when the vehicle is in operation, but it can often be customized or turned on/off through vehicle settings.

What is the EV Mode in the 2023 Hyundai Kona-EV?

The EV Mode is a driving mode in the Kona-EV that allows the vehicle to operate solely on electric power, maximizing efficiency and reducing emissions.

How do I activate the EV Mode in the Kona-EV?

Depending on the model, you can typically activate the EV Mode by pressing a dedicated button or selecting it through the vehicle’s touchscreen or instrument cluster menu.

What is the range of the Kona-EV in EV Mode?

The range of the Kona-EV in EV Mode varies depending on factors like battery capacity, driving conditions, and temperature. It can often exceed 200 miles on a single charge in ideal conditions.

Can I switch between EV Mode and other driving modes in the Kona-EV?

Yes, the Kona-EV usually allows you to switch between driving modes, including EV Mode, Eco Mode, and Sport Mode, to tailor your driving experience to your preferences.

Does using EV Mode impact the vehicle’s overall efficiency and range?

Using EV Mode can improve efficiency and maximize electric-only driving, which can help extend the overall range of the Kona-EV compared to other driving modes.

Is the Kona-EV equipped with regenerative braking in EV Mode?

Yes, the Kona-EV typically features regenerative braking, which helps recharge the battery when slowing down or coasting in EV Mode, further enhancing energy efficiency.

Are there any limitations to using EV Mode in the Kona-EV?

EV Mode may have limitations such as speed restrictions or restrictions on using it in certain conditions, like extreme temperatures. These limitations can vary by model and manufacturer guidelines.

Can I use EV Mode in the Hyundai Kona-EV at any time?

EV Mode is typically available as long as there is sufficient charge in the battery. It may automatically switch to hybrid mode if the battery level is too low or if more power is needed for acceleration.

Useful Link

View Full User Guide: Hyundai Kona-EV 2023 User Guide
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