Projected to be launched in the Indian auto market in the coming months, the Hyundai Kone EV will be equipped with a 39 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack that will offer a travel range of approximately 350 km
A number of new vehicles are scheduled to be launched in India by Hyundai this year. These include, firstly, the Hyundai Venue, which will go on sale from May 21 to directly compete with the Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Tata Nexon, the Ford EcoSport and the recently launched Mahindra XUV300. India's second-largest automaker is also gearing up for the launch of the new-gen Hyundai Grand i10 by the festive season and the facelifted Elantra at a later date this year.
Particularly, to reinforce its position in the teeming electric vehicle segment in India, Hyundai is also close to launching its first-ever EV in India. To achieve this target, the South Korean carmaker is going to introduce the Hyundai Kona EV to the Indian market during the latter half of this year. The vehicle was domestically unveiled at the MOVE Summit before being showcased at the Brilliant Kids Motor Show 2018. Having been spied several times on the Indian roads, the Hyundai Kona EV is expected to be launched in India in the second half of 2019.
The Hyundai Kona EV has been spotted without the unnessary grille.
While the global-spec Kona EV is available with two battery packages, 39kW and 64 kW, the India-bound model, in all likelihood, will be powered by the former. To be more specific, it is a 39kW Lithium-ion battery unit that can generate a maximum power of 136 PS and a peak torque of 395 Nm. The battery is claimed to have a driving range of 250 km per charge. When using a fast charger, it can be charged from empty to full in just about one hour. The battery also helps the Kona EV reach a maximum speed of 155 kmph and accelerate from a standstill to 100 kmph in just under 10 seconds.
The Hyundai Kona EV has a travel range of up to 350 km per charge and a maximum speed of 155 kmph.
In due course of time, the Kona EV could be manufactured at Hyundai’s Sriperumbudur plant near Chennai. In January 2019, Hyundai announced that it would invest INR 7,000 crore on its manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu, part of which will be utilized for setting up the production facility for the Kona EV. The zero-emission Kona will be considered for export later, but before that, Hyundai will see the response from the Indian auto customers on this EV to make the final decision. Only a limited number of electrified Kona SUVs will be put on sale with a price of about INR 25 lakh (ex-showroom).