Hyundai Kona EV was launched in July at a price range from Rs 25.30 lakh to Rs 25.50 lakh. Here are the top five things you should know about the Hyundai Kona EV.
Hyundai has finally launched its first electric vehicle for the India market. At the starting price of Rs 25.30 lakh, Hyundai Kona EV is claimed to be "India’s first true electric SUV". Here are five key points about the Hyundai Kona EV that you should know.
1. High range of 452 km per charge
At the international market, Hyundai Kona EV is available with two battery packs including a 39.2 kWh battery and a 64 kWh battery. After entering the India market, it will be available only with the smaller 39.2 kWh battery pack which is claimed to feature a range of 452 Km on a single charge. On the other hand, the bigger 64 kWh battery pack which is not on offer in India can return a higher range of 575 km per charge. The India-spec Hyundai Kona can deliver a maximum power of 134.13 Bhp and a peak torque of 395 Nm. It takes 9.7 seconds to do the 0-100 kmph sprint.
Hyundai Kona EV is India's first true electric SUV
2. Various Charging option
India-spec Hyundai Kona EV is available with two charging options including a 3-pin socket fitted portable charger and a 7 kWh AC Wall Box charger. The portable charger is always kept inside the car and used for emergency purpose, or when the car is travelling far from home. With this portable charger, the car can be recharged at a regular electric output. This option takes the longest time to recharge – three hours for a 50 km range. On the other hand, the AC Wall box charger will be installed to a particular place that is most convenient for regular charging. With this charger, the charging speed is increased, allowing the car to each 50 km range within 1 hour. It takes 6 house to fully charge the Hyundai Kona EV.
Apart from these two charging options, the Hyundai dealerships also offer a special charging option, the DC Charger. It is also the fastest charging option. It can charge 80% of the battery in less than an hour. DC Chargers are installed at fuel stations, dealers and parking spots and are compatible with other electric vehicles that also offers fast charging option.
Hyundai Kona EV is available three charging options
3. Supportive after-sales network
With the advantage of having a broad service network, Hyundai can offer various after-sales services for customers. A good after-sales care is especially important for a young EV market like India’s. To launch a successful electric vehicle, it requires not only a good product but also a good after-sales support as well. At the moment, Hyundai India is offering the electric Kona with a warranty pack including a 3 years/ unlimited kilometres warranty for the vehicle and 3 years/ 160,000 kilometres warranty for the battery.
Initially, Hyundai only retails the Kona via 15 selected dealerships which have proper facilities to support all-electric vehicles. These dealerships will be equipped with fast chargers. Apart from authorized Hyundai dealerships, the South Korean manufacturer also teams up with India Oil Corporation Ltd, a fuel company, to establish EV fast-charging ports at IOCL’s key fuel stations across India. Besides, owners of the Hyundai Kona EV can also find the location of charging stations using Map My India mobile app and website. Hyundai also offers support vehicles that can provide emergency charging for Kona EV.
Hyundai has come up with various initiatives to bring the best alfer-sales support for the Kona EV buyers
4. Competitive pricing
Hyundai is currently selling the Kona at the price of Rs 25.30 lakh for the single-tone version. The price of the dual-tone model can go up to Rs 25.50 lakh. At the moment, Hyundai Kona has no direct competitor. However, with regards to the price, customers might be considered between Hyundai Kona EV and other internal combustion SUVs like Jeep Compass, Volkswagen Tiguan and Honda CR-V. Hyundai Kona EV is imported to India via CBU channel. It is expected that Hyundai will start to locally assemble this vehicle in the future. Localizing the Hyundai Kona EV will even lower the recent price of the Hyundai Kona.
Hyundai Kona EV is fully-equipped with various advanced features
5. Fully-loaded feature list
Just like other IC counterparts, Hyundai Kona EV is equipped with a wide range of features. It is available with a 17.7 cm touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto support, sunroof, ventilated seats, LED DRLs and headlamps, to name a few. On the safety front, Hyundai Kona is packed with six airbags, ABS with EBD, hill start assist, electronic stability control, blind-spot monitor, and reverse camera. Hyundai Kona is available with multiple driving modes including Eco, Eco Plus, Comfort and Sport.
Last month, in August, Hyundai has sold 88 units of the Kona, which has exceeded the company’s expectation. In the beginning, the South Korean only targets to sell 50 units per month. For more car news and updates, visit IndianAuto.com.