Here in Ontario Canada they charge by the minute. So imagine driving up in winter and sitting there waiting for the car to draw a reasonable amount of energy? To add insult to injury, I've heard that Electrify Canada charges you a different rate depending on what your car can theoretically accept. So 0-350kW is charged at 57c per minute even if your car is getting 60kW because it's cold out. 0-90kW is 27c. What's the problem with actually charging per kW???
I know the problem. My cheapest charging card also bills per minute, so that in the best case I only pay 9 cents instead of the usual 60 cents per kWh. If the charging power falls below 60kW, I am around 30 cents and therefore on par with the Kia special deal that Kia has made with IONITY (comparable to Electrify Canada).
That's why it's very important for me that the battery has at least 10 degrees, preferably 20 degrees of course, so that I can charge the entire charging curve up to 84%.
Even if the charging costs have just increased massively in Germany, I am currently still on a comparable level with a combustion engine. Thanks to my good charging strategy (I only use public charging), it's still at half of that. Because it happens again and again today that I don't have to pay at all because charges are not billed due to technical problems and "disappear".
There were also rumblings of preconditioning being an update when I bought the car. So I bought on a hope. Now, the reason I'm pissed off now, and believe me I think it's moronic the way US Kia is treating this situation, is that a fix is available in Germany for the car, a fix is available in the US for the IONIQ 5, and so far based exactly zero press relases or general public statements, and me visiting a dealer and calling two, and a call to Kia's Customer Service number I have gotten the following response: Nada. So Kia is feining stupidity or they are actually ignorant. Either is annoying.
That is really annoying. I also bought my EV6 based on the rumors because without preconditioning it wasn't an option for me. At the time of the purchase decision, I regularly commuted 900 kilometers on the Autobahn and wanted to save around 1 hour driving time per route with the EV 6 compared to my Tesla Model S75.
This hour saving is solely due to the faster charging compared to the Model S and without preconditioning it would have come out at the same time or worse.
Now things have turned out differently. Now I don't commute anymore 900 kilometers but only charge on public charger. I also need the preconditioning for that, without it I would stand at the charging station at least twice as long, even though my Kia dealer said that the charging time in winter should be only 10 minutes longer from 10% to 80% than in summer.
What I don't understand about the whole topic is why Kia / Hyundai are so inexperienced here. They have both been developing electric cars for many years and have gained experience with the IONIQ classic and the e-Niro.
Then even the hardware is built into the car so that the battery can be heated, but the software can't do that?!
What I've found out via background talks is that Kia has a very strange approach here. Kia would rather save energy than use it for heating.
In my consultations, I made it very clear that as an e-car driver - especially on long journeys - I always only have the travel time in mind (time for the journey plus for charging) and I don't care whether I use 5kWh more per charge or not, the main thing is that I can compensate for the additional energy by charging faster.
I really don't understand why the update for the preconditioning is now being distributed so slowly worldwide and I hope that the wait will soon be over for you.