Hyundai has launched the Kona Electric in India, the country’s first long range electric car. The Kona Electric is a crossover-SUV that is marginally smaller than the Hyundai Creta. It has an ARAI electric range of 452km on full charge. It is now available at 15 Hyundai dealers in 11 cities and comes with a standard warranty of 3 years/unlimited km. Hyundai is offering a separate 8 years/up to 1.6 lakh km warranty for the Kona’s battery.
The Kona Electric will come with two types of electric chargers — a common 3-pin portable charger and a 7.2kW AC wall box charger. The charger will be set up at a suitable place (for buyer) by Hyundai dealers. The 3-pin charger will be able to add 50km to Kona’s range in less than 3 hours, making it the slowest of all chargers. The 7.2kW charger will add as many kilometres to Kona’s range in an hour.
Hyundai will also facilitate fast charging at select fuel stations in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru & Chennai. These fast chargers will be able to charge 80 percent of Kona’s battery in less than an hour.
The Kona Electric is available in just one variant, but in five exterior colour options — white, silver, blue, black & dual-tone white-black. It is equipped with features like 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, reverse parking sensors & camera, TPMS, LED headlamps & DRLs, 17 inch alloy wheels, powered driver seat with lumbar support, front ventilated & heated seats, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, sunroof and electrically adjustable, foldable & heated ORVMs.
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As far as performance is concerned, the Kona Electric delivers 136PS of maximum power & 395Nm of peak torque. As expected, transmission duties are done automatically via a single speed reduction gear.
Priced at Rs 25.30 lakh, the Kona Electric is currently one-of-a-kind vehicle in India. However, it will soon be accompanied by the MG eZS, another long-range EV that is expected to launch later in 2019-20.