In their marketing Hyundai Australia promises that the Kona EV 2021 electric car is capable of 7.2kW AC charging rate.
I tested whether this was true at my local shopping centre AC charging station, using my 7m Type 2 to Type 2 EV Charging Cable (22kW, 32 amp) cable and a Hyundai Kona EV 2021 Highlander Standard Range (which I had on loan for 11 days to review).
I plugged one end of the cable into the car charger port.
I plugged the other end of the cable into the Ocular brand AC charging station.
After a few seconds charging started and I saw that the Hyundai Kona EV 2021 Highlander Standard Range was charging at a rate of 6.4kW.
Leaving the car to charge I walked into the shopping centre.
Returning half an hour later the car battery had been topped up by 3.01 kWh for free.
Type 2 to Type 2 Cable Buying Tips
You could get a shorter, cheaper 5m cable but I find the 7m length is handy as you never know how far the charging station will be from your car charging port.
There are slower slightly cheaper cables available for purchase such as the Type 2 to Type 2 EV Charging Cable (7kW, 32amp) for cars like the BYD Atto 3, MG ZS EV 2021 and Hyundai Kona EV 2021 that don’t support 11kW AC charging.
Some electric vehicle (EV) owners buy a 7kW charge rate Type 2 to Type 2 cable to save a little bit of money.
However if they later buy a newer electric car that is capable of 11kW AC charge rate like the Hyundai Kona EV 2023 model or rent an EV capable of 11kW AC charge rate (eg common rental models Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2) then this wastes an opportunity to charge that EV much faster at an AC charging station.