Hyundai Kona EV launch in India has been speculated for quite a long time in the country. Now, the Indian subsidiary of the South Korean automaker has confirmed the launch to take place by mid- 2019 and the automaker is all set to bring 1000 units of the electric SUV in the country to be priced under INR 30 lakh. To debut in India as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) unit, the Hyundai Kona electric SUV will also be assembled here at Hyundai’s Chennai plant. The Kona EV was first previewed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and made its India debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo.
Since India is becoming growing market for electric vehicles, Hyundai aims to sell 1000 units of the Kona EV within a year of its launch. Later, the manufacturer will bring more units of the same in the country based on the response. However, there is a catch as Hyundai will sell the Kona EV initially in top-10 metro cities before moving towards other cities in India. Apart from the Kona EV, Hyundai is also preparing to bring the electric and hybrid version of the Kona.
According to Hyundai, the Kona EV will come with two battery options – a 39.2 kWh and a 64 kWh. While the 39.2 kWh battery churns out a maximum power of 133 bhp with 394 Nm of torque and can accelerate 0-100 kmph in 9.3 seconds as well as offers an electric range of 300 km, on the other hand the 64 kWh battery produces 200 bhp with 394 Nm of peak torque and can mark 0 to 100 kmph in just 7.6 seconds with a range of 470 km. the top speed of both the batteries goes up to at 167 kmph. To charge the batteries, Hyundai will offer a 100 kW fast charger that charge the battery up to 80% in just 54 minutes for the long range while the standard AC plug takes 9 hours 40 minutes to charge the battery for the long range and 6 hours 10 minutes for the short range. Hyundai Kona is already on sale in many global markets and is also available with a 1.6 L petrol engine along with the pure electric version.
Based on the i30’s platform, the Hyundai Kona electric SUV has scored highest safety rating in the Euro NCAP crash test and it also won the prestigious 2018 Red Dot Design Award. The electric version of Hyundai Kona was also showcased at the recently held MOVE Global Mobility Summit and was explained to Indian PM Narendra Modi. Hyundai Kona EV is likely to be India's first electric SUV to go on sale however, Mahindra is also preparing to launch the electric KUV100 that is scheduled for India launch around the same time next year. Other EVs to be launched in the country are Nissan Leaf and MG eRX5 by 2020.
Currently, Hyundai Motor India is gearing up for the launch of all-new Santro on 23rd October. The company will commence the bookings of the all-new Santro on 10th October. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates from 2018 Santro launch and the upcoming Hyundai Kona EV.