Hyundai India has launched the country’s first ever all-electric SUV – the Kona Electric. Pegged at an introductory price of Rs. 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the Hyundai Kona Electric has been launched as a CKD model. This means that the company will be importing completely knocked down units of the Kona in India, and then assemble it locally to keep prices in check. It is worth noting that CKD is the cheapest way of importing a vehicle in the country.
The Kona Electric looks majorly similar to the gasoline powered version that is on sale globally. A few subtle cosmetic changes like the lacking front grille and exhaust pipe, along with the new 17-inch alloys and Electric badges help distinguish the Kona Electric from its conventionally-powered sibling. Other cosmetic elements seen on the SUV’s exteriors include all LED automatic headlamps, LED taillights, black plastic body cladding, and significantly sized roof rails. In India, the Kona Electric will be available in 4 solid colour options (white, silver, blue and black) and one dual-tone exterior (white with a black roof) option. The dual-tone colour scheme will cost Rs. 20,000 extra over the standard single-tone model.
On the inside, the Hyundai Kona Electric gets a contemporarily designed dashboard, with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility sitting on top of the centre console. The instrument cluster too is an fully digital 7.0-inch unit. Features on offer include head-up display, automatic climate control, wireless charging, heated and ventilated front seats, 10-way electrical adjustment for front seats, leather upholstery, electric sunroof, and electronic parking brake. Occupant safety is taken care of by the presence of 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control (ESC), traction control, hill-start assist, rear parking sensors and rear view camera, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), and ISOFIX child seat mounts. Additionally, the Kona Electric comes with a Virtual Engine Sound System that mimics the sound of an internal combustion engine, thus warning other road users about the presence of the car.
The Hyundai Kona Electric draws power from a permanent magnet electric synchronous motor that develops 136 hp and 395 Nm of torque. Hyundai claims that the electric SUV can do 0-100 km/h in 9.7 seconds. However, the most interesting specification of the SUV is its range – an ARAI certified 452 km per a single charge. This makes it the electric car with the longest driving range to be sold in India. Additionally, the Kona can be charged fairly quickly, thus reducing the down-time for the car. Hyundai claims that the lithium-ion battery pack of the Kona electric can be charged to 100% in just 57 min, using a 50 kW DC fast charger. However, if you charge the SUV using regular AC source, by plugging it in a electric socket, the Kona will take 6 hours 10 min to charge completely.
Hyundai India will provide all Kona Electric buyers with a home charger. The company is also installing charging stations at its dealerships across the country. The Korean carmaker has even partnered with IOCL to install electric car charging stations at a few Indian Oil fuel stations.
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