Hyundai Kona EV could get claimed electric range of 300-350 km on a single charge; price likely around Rs. 25 lakh
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) will be introducing the electric variant of the globally popular Kona SUV on July 9 in the domestic market. Expected to be priced around Rs. 25 lakh (ex-showroom), the Kona EV is the first locally made full-electric car in India and it carries a lot of stakes for the brand.
The electrified Kona will act a technology demonstrator for Hyundai and observing the response from customers, Hyundai might consider heavily localising the zero-emission vehicle at the Sriperumbudur facility in Tamil Nadu in the near future. Reports suggest that Hyundai has dispatched 25 units of the Kona EV across its dealerships in the country.
Moreover, Hyundai has already begun endorsing the Kona EV in its social media channels. The company claims 80 per cent lower running costs on the electric SUV compared to the conventional IC-engined petrol cars. Hyundai says it can be charged conveniently at your home or office and that the Lithium ion battery lasts very long.
It will be packed with a high degree of safety features as well. The South Korean auto major will more likely introduce the lower capacity 39 kWh battery pack in India as the claimed range could stand around 300-350 km on a single charge.
Recently, Hyundai updated the Kona EV in Europe and it received a new 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, upgraded satellite navigation, Blue Link connectivity as in the Venue,eCall service function, heated optional rear seats, automatic climate control and so on.
But the India-bound model will likely stick with a seven-inch digital instrument cluster and eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system instead. The DC fast charger could reduce the charging time drastically at around 60 minutes. The top speed is claimed at 155 kmph and it can do zero to 100 kmph in less than 10 seconds.