Get detailed info about your EV’s battery with EVNotify

Whilst Hyundai Australia’s AutoLink implementation leaves much to be desired for Ioniq and Kona owners, it’s at least something to control the car remotely. Our mates over in Europe get nothing! Not content to live without status monitoring on their Hyundai EVs, one enterprising German who goes by the name GPlay97 did something about it and created EVNotify.

EVNotify is an iOS and Android app that works in conjunction with a Bluetooth OBD-II reader to read info from the car and display it on your smartphone. With a compatible OBD dongle connected to your car (any ELM327 should work, but here’s a link on the EVNotify wiki with some recommended units), you can view many stats that Hyundai’s AutoLink program doesn’t display.

Here are some screenshots of EVNotify running on my Ioniq whilst it’s charging at home:

Setup of EVNotify is simple. Plug the OBD reader in, turn the car on, pair the dongle with your smartphone over Bluetooth, launch EVNotify and away you go. All the info Hyundai should be displaying in the car at the very least (charge rate doesn’t seem to be shown anywhere in the Australian Ioniq), nevermind within AutoLink, is now available for you to gawk at.

EVNotify can also keep a log of your charging history, with carts of temperature and state of charge. Day to day you probably don’t need this information, but could be useful for troubleshooting if your battery is losing capacity or not charging properly.

EVNotify has a web service called EV Qebtify that can read the car’s info from your smartphone and publish it on the web, so you don’t need to be near the car.

To make use of it, visit EV Qebtify, enter in the AKey & password contained in the EVNotify app running on your smartphone and it’ll automatically sucks info from the smartphone, sends it to EVNotify’s servers and displays that data from the app on the web.

Here’s some pictures of EV Qebtify displaying data on my iPhone, from data it’s pulling on the web, that’s being sent to the web from my Android phone:

In theory, you can buy a cheap Bluetooth OBD dongle (~$20 from eBay), a cheap Android smartphone (~$50) and leave that smartphone in the car to act as a gateway between the OBD dongle. With a 4G SIM in the smartphone, you could be anywhere in the world and check the status of your vehicle.

Unfortunately, when the car is done charging or if the car is turned off, the OBD dongle shuts off (I assume to conserve power so the 12V battery isn’t drained) which results in EVNotify losing connectivity with the dongle. The only way to get things going again is to start the car or start charging the car, then re-launch EVNotify.

I’m not sure if this is normal practice with OBD readers or if I was to purchase a superior OBD reader it would remain connected, but due to this restriction, EVNotify is of limited use. The ideal use case for me is viewing what’s going on with my car while it’s charging at a public charger and I’m eating lunch/going for a walk. Sadly it seems like I still can’t do that with my Ioniq, even with EVNotify’s best efforts to do what Hyundai should really be providing standard.

Anthony also produces The Sizzle - a daily email newsletter covering all aspects of technology with an Australian point of view.

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