Seeking electric vehicles to be the future of mobility and in the quest to develop the best products world’s major automakers are in an undefined race. Among all this Korean auto giant Hyundai has also come up with their plans to launch electric vehicles in India. The company has confirmed that it will launch a pure electric car Kona EV by mid-2019.
Managing Director and CEO of Hyundai India, Y K Koo said- “An electric SUV is among the eight products planned to be launched here between this year and 2020. It is expected in the second half of 2019”.
Kona EV will be the first EV from Hyundai stable for the Indian market. Kona EV which was revealed earlier this year will be imported as a completely knocked down unit. Hyundai has not confirmed on the exact model name or any other details about its first electric vehicle for the country. Expected from Hyundai is the suitable changes in EV to best suit it for the Indian market.
The Hyundai Kona EV will be offered in two variants. One with a shorter range 39.2kW battery and the other with a longer range 64kW battery. The 39.2kW battery comes with a power output of 133bhp and 395Nm of torque and offers a driving range of 299km. It takes 6 hours 10 minutes to fully charge the battery while the quick charge takes just 54 minutes to charge up to 80 percent.
The bigger 64kW battery is good for 201 BHP and 395Nm of peak torque and offers a driving range of 469km. The battery takes 9 hours 40 minutes to be fully charged and with quick charging support, it takes 54 minutes to be charged up to 80 percent. With the bigger battery, the electric SUV can hit a top speed of 167km/h.
Excited about the Kona EV? well, there are some hurdles lying in the path for the fully EV vehicles in India, such as lack of proper charging substations for EV’s and electricity management for their charging. Hopefully, by the next year, we get to see improvement in that area. Mahindra is the only manufacturer to retail fully EV’s in India at present. Will the other manufacturers be able to achieve success in the Indian market when it comes to EV’s? Stay tuned to find out more.
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