The Portland auto show was this weekend and they had a good selection of the 
EVs on display.  I have to say, I am not a big fan of the Kona or it's sister 
the Kia Niro.  They are trying to market the Kona as an SUV, but it is 
certainly not that.  It is a small crossover that to me feels smaller inside 
than my wife's Prius Prime.  I'm just not a fan of this style of vehicle unless 
it comes with some extra ground clearance and all wheel drive.

Out of all the vehicles I hopped in, my favorite was the new Nissan Leaf, 
second would be the Hyundai Ionic.  I realize that neither of these offer the 
range of the Kona, but since I have my PHEVs for road trips that is not an 
issue for me.

I also did not like the Jaguar IPace for the same form factor reason.  Of 
course, I am talking about 3 different classes of EVs here, but if I were to 
buy anything now it would be the new Leaf, although I might not drive it on the 
hottest summer days :(  I'm in the Pacific Northwest so that is not as big of 
an issue around here.

I drove the Bolt at the car show last year, and was not blown away.  I liked it 
just fine, but I was immediately put off by the oddly narrow seats.  At 6'3" 
280 lbs I need a little more real estate than that to sit on.   It's weird that 
they made them so narrow, as there is still a decent size gap beside the edge 
of the seat and the door.

Of course, none of this matters to me now as I am not in the market for a new 
car, but I am trying to keep up to date so when these cars hit the used market 
in 2 or 3 years at half their current cost I can snatch one up.

From: EV <> on behalf of Rush Dougherty via EV 
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2019 5:18 PM
Cc: Rush Dougherty
Subject: [EVDL] Hyundai reveals full Kona EV U.S. prices - starting at $36, 450

Here's a news item in my news feed that might be helpful to some of us EVer's...
I'm currently on the M3 waiting list and find that the wait is getting to be a
little long, so I'm actively looking at other EV's

Rush Dougherty
Tucson AZ 85719

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