SUV will be Hyundai’s first fully Electrical Power Supply for India
New SUV will be Hyundai’s first fully electrical power supply for India; company striving to assemble it locally and praise it to Rs 25 lakh
Unlocked during the uninterrupted Geneva Motor Show, the Kona Electric is only the second EV in Hyundai‘s global line-up. And even though we told you last year about Hyundai’s plan to bring it to our shores, we now have confirmation that the company is indeed planning to launch it in India in mid-2019.
Speaking in the margins of the show in Geneva, YK Koo, MD and CEO, Hyundai India,
“We are not looking at big sales figures with the Kona, but we want to make a technology statement and show our commitment to an EV future,” Koo said.
In addition, Hyundai does not consider hybrids as a stopover on the road to electrification.
“Since there are no tax benefits for hybrids, we want to concentrate our efforts on pure EVs”, added Koo.
Hyundai intends to place the Kona Electric locally and to place it close to the Rs 25 lakh brand. The company aims to sell approximately 50-60 units of the Kona monthly.
The Kona EV introduced in India is the 300 kilometer long range of a 39.2 kWh battery. The electric motor develops 134 hp and 395 Nm of torque and blesses the Kona with a 0 to 100 km / h time of 9.7 seconds, while the top speed is coupled to 155 km / h.
The lithium ion battery pack of the Kona Electric can be charged in just 54 to 80 percent of the capacity of a 100 kW fast charger, or 6 hours and 10 minutes from a standard AC source.
Hyundai claims that the car’s battery pack is integrated into the Kona platform without hitting the interior space, meaning the boot space of normal Kona remains unchanged. Without the charging cable, the Kona Electric delivers 373 liters and is stored up to 332 with the cable. There is extra storage space at the front of the car.
On the outside it is styled in the same way as the ordinary Kona, but it has a closed grid and no outlets, while the 17-inch alloys are exclusive to the electric Kona. The bumpers and spoiler are adapted for aerodynamics. Inside is a digital dashboard, a head-up display and a 7.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, with the option of an upgraded 8.0-inch unit. The front seats are heated and ventilated and eight-way electrically adjustable.
The Kona Electric also offers many driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control, a lane system, a warning for reverse traffic and automatic emergency braking. A five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating is the target.