Hyundai launched the Kona electric in India in 2019 and became one of the first manufacturers to launch a long-range EV in the country. Now the South Korean carmaker has recalled the electric SUV to inspect the battery pack for possible issues. The SUVs manufactured during the period of April 1, 2019, and October 31, 2020, are part of this recall. Hyundai will be calling Kona EV customers to bring in their cars for inspection.
Hyundai has not revealed what has prompted them to issue the recall but we believe it is related to some reports in South Korea where the around 13 units of the Kona EV caught fire due to battery issues. While Hyundai had already issued a recall in various global markets earlier, now the service champaign has been launched in India as well.
A total of 456 units will be covered under this recall and the affected owner will be called in by Hyundai in a phased manner. If an issue is found then the faulty part will be replaced free of cost under warranty. Hyundai offers a warranty of 8 years/1,60,000 km on the battery pack.
Globally, the Kona EV is offered with two capacities of battery packs: 39.2kWh and 64kWh but India we get the 39.2kWh version only. That said, both the versions are powered by the same electric motor producing 136PS of power and 395Nm. The Kona EV supports DC fast charging of up to 50 kW that can juice up the SUV from 0-80 per cent in 57 minutes. It can also be charged through a 7.2 kW AC charger that takes 6 hours and 10 min to charge it to 100 per cent from zero. The India-spec Kona EV has claimed a range of 452km.
Prices of the Kona EV range from Rs 23.76 lakh to Rs 23.94 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Other mass markets long-range EVs on sale in India are the MG ZS EV and the Tata Nexon EV, both of which undercuts the Kona EV in terms of pricing. Hyundai has already unveiled the Kona EV facelift in the global market. Expect it to go on sale in India by the end of 2021.