Hyundai Kona Is India’s 1st Electric SUV: USPs, Features, Launch Offers, Price, Availability
The new budget had a huge emphasis on the future road-map of the upcoming EV infrastructure in the country, and just a couple of days later, the South Korean carmaker Hyundai has a new super EV SUV ready for India. The newly launched Hyundai Kona is the first fully electric SUV in the country.
While India still has a lot to improve the overall footprint of EV technology, Hyundai has a set of solutions for the buyers.
The country still lags behind by miles when it comes to a complete map for EV technology, but the government is trying. It will get better with time, and Hyundai has some big plans. So, does it make sense to buy a fully electric Hyundai Kona in 2019? Well, the second largest car company in India has some big answers for the interested buyers.
Let’s find out what’s better with Hyundai Kona and the upcoming EV infrastructure.
How Good Is Hyundai Kona Electric?
The Hyundai Kona may fall in the upper mid-range segment given the current line of compact and mid-range SUVs, but there’s features worth the price. Hyundai Kona Electric can cover upto 452 kms in a single charge. Yes, over 450 kilometres on a single charge, and this has been verified by ARAI.
Hyundai has a long-line of SUV cars available: Venue, Creta, and the Tucson. Hyundai Kona is the latest to join the Hyundai SUV club, but is ‘India’s first fully electric SUV’.
Most importantly, Hyundai is trying to solve a major problem in the country by carving a way for better EV infrastructure. The company aims to build a better map for the EVs by helping others to adopt electric vehicles in India.
Keep reading to know how Hyundai Kona aims to address the major problems of an EV with efficient support options.
Hyundai Kona & Charging: What’s The Solution?
Before anyone plans to buy an EV, the person will surely be concerned with the set of services may need in the future. From proper charging facilities to parts and accessories, there’s a lot into the different technology. Well, buying a Kona won’t worry you much, and Hyundai itself is the reason.
The South Korean carmaker is working with the government to bring in a superior network of charging facilities backed by ready accessories. Hyundai will be installing fast chargers in all electric selling dealerships.
Also, the company will offer Kona Electric support vehicles starting with selected cities and then moving onto additional places for emergency charging. The company has already tied up with MapMyIndia to offer complete details where you can find the Kona Electric compatible charging stations. This will be available both on HMIL website and app.
Finally, Hyundai has also partnered with India’s largest oil and gas company, IOCL. They together will install chargers at selected fuel stations across the country.
Hyundai Kona: Let’s Talk Specs!
The newly fully electric Hyundai Kona packs in a massive 39.2 kWh battery under the hood. The electric battery has been verified by ARAI, and certified by them confirming that Hyundai Kona will offer an average mileage of 452 Km on a single full charge.
Hyundai will offer two chargers with the SUV: a portable charger for 3-pin sockets and a 7kWh AC Wall Box Charger.
The car can be charged using a 7kWh charger. It will take around 6 hours to fully charge. An hour of charge gives Kona enough juice to run upto 50kms.
The portable charger also adds up to 50kms at under 3 hours. Hyundai has even added a DC fast charger, which charges the SUV up to 80 percent in just 57 minutes.
Hyundai Kona Electric will run on four drive modes: Eco, Eco Plus, Comfort and Sport. There’s an additional 3 years of warranty on unlimited kilometres and with 160,000 kilometres battery warranty.
The SUV has a peak power of 134.13 bhp and 395 Nm. It shoots up from 0 to 100 kmph in just 9.7 seconds.
Hyundai Kona sports an 17.7cm floating touchscreen infotainment system inside supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated and ventilated seats, sunroof and more.
In terms of safety features, Hyundai Kona Electric packs in six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, blind spot detection, hill-start assist, reverse camera and finally, TPMS.
Hyundai Kona Price In India: Worth It?
Hyundai Kona Electric will be available in India starting at Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom). The Hyundai electric SUV may fall in the upper mid-range segment given the current line of compact and mid-range SUVs, but there’s features worth the price.
Hyundai Kona has been priced at Rs 25.30 Lakh (ex-showroom) for single tone paint and Rs 25.50 Lakh (ex-showroom) for dual tone paint.
The SUV will be brought to the country through CBU (completely built units) and then will be assembled at the Chennai plant of Hyundai later. While all the parts will be imported for now, the company plans to source EV components locally in the coming days to keep costs low.