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    Hyundai Kona Electric SUV Is The Vehicle Of Choice For Senior EESL Officers

    by Mahesh Yadav on Wednesday, Oct 23 2019

    The Hyundai Kona electric is the South Korean car manufacturer’s first electric vehicle model in India. Kona electric SUV has found favours from the Indian government departments in terms of sales. Hyundai has already delivered some units of the Kona electric SUV to the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL). Hyundai will deliver a few more in the coming months.

     

    Hyundai Kona Electric SUV

     

    The Hyundai Kona all-electric SUV model launched in India, in July 2019 priced at Rs. 25.3 lakh (ex-Delhi). Hyundai India later slashed down the price tag to Rs 23.7 lakh, owing to the revised lower GST rates for the EVs (electric vehicles).

    Hyundai received a great response for the Kona electric in India and has already registered more than 300 bookings. Hyundai has also delivered 177 units of the Kona to its customers.

     

    Hyundai Kona Electric SUV Interior

     

    The Kona EV currently has a waiting period of around 5 months. The Hyundai Kona comes to the Indian car market through the CKD (completely knocked down) route, which is helping Hyundai maintain a competitive price tag for the car. Hyundai also has plans to bring affordable compact electric vehicles to India. It’s first offering though, will soon face some competition from the MG eZS electric SUV. The MG eZS will on sale in December of 2019.

     

    Hyundai Kona vs MG eZS electric SUV Specs

     

    Specs

    Hyundai Kona Electric

    MG eZS Electric SUV

    Power

    136PS

    143PS

    Torque

    395Nm

    353Nm

    Battery Capacity

    39.2kWh

    44.5kWh

    Acceleration 0-100kmph

    9.7 seconds

    8.5 seconds

    Top Speed

    155kmph

    140kmph

    Euro-Spec Range

    312km (claimed)

    372km (claimed)

    India-Spec Range

    452km (claimed)

    NA

    Length

    4180mm

    4314mm

    Width

    1800mm

    1809mm

    Height

    1570mm

    1620mm

    Wheelbase

    2600mm

    2579mm

    Ground Clearance

    172mm (estimated)

    NA

    Standard Car Warranty

    3 year (unlimited km)

    7 year (1,30,000km) - in UK

    Battery Warranty

    8 year (1,60,000km)

    7 year (1,30,000km) - in UK

    Price

    Rs. 23.86 lakh (ex-Delhi)

    Rs. 22 lakh (est.)

     

    EESL already has a fleet of electric Tata Tigor and Mahindra eVerito sedans. Tata had earlier delivered 350 units to EESL and promised to add another 5,700 units of the Tigor electric to the fleet. Meanwhile, Mahindra had also bagged an order for 3,950 units of eVerito. 150 of those were delivered in the first phase.

     

    Hyundai Kona Electric SUV

     

    Rumours floated around last year that the employees were refusing to use the electric vehicles from the Indian manufacturers. Reportedly, “poor performance” and “low driving range” (compared to petrol/diesel cars) were the primary concerns.

    While the Hyundai Kona takes care of the two issues, its upfront cost makes it quite an expensive upgrade over the Indian electric cars.

    Also read: MG eZS Electric SUV Launching In Dec 2019

    Tata Nexon Electric SUV Launch Expected In Jan 2020


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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