Hyundai recently became the first automaker to launch a ‘connected’ car in India. The Korean automobile giant has taken it a step further today by launching India’s first all-electric SUV. The name is ‘Kona’ is derived from the region found near Big Island of Hawaii. But really sets the Hyundai Kona apart from the electric competition is its range; which is 452 kilometres/charge (ARAI Certified). The Hyundai Kona electric SUV has been priced at Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
The Kona’s onboard charger is capable of a 7.2 kW rate of charge for rapid recharging characteristics. Furthermore, Hyundai claims that 80 percent charge can be achieved in 57 minutes with DC quick charger (zero to 80 percent charge @ 50 kW), using the CCS Type II charging port, while a 7.2 kW Level-II charger takes 6 hours and 10 minutes. For charging convenience, the charging port is located in the front grille area for head-in parking ease whenever charging is needed.
Coming to the heart of the matter, which, obviously, is the electric motor. The Kona Electric makes use of a 136 ps electric motor powered by a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The Kona produces 395 Nm of torque and can do the 0-100 km/hr sprint in 9.7 seconds.
Hyundai will its customers with two chargers along with the Kona SUV – A portable charger and an AC Wall Box Charger and a portable charger which can be plugged into any normal 3 Pin 15 Amp socket and charge the vehicle. The second charger can top up daily running of 50 kilometres in less than 3 Hours. Whereas AC Wall Box charger (7.2 kW) can top-up charge the vehicle within 1 hour for running 50 kilometres.
Hyundai Electric Vehicle selling dealers will support the customer for installing the sockets at customer’s premises and also provide charging demo to the customer. The Installation support for customers will be provided through Hyundai’s partner – Allianz Worldwide.
For providing Fast Charging facility, Hyundai is working along with India Oil Corporation (IOCL) to develop infrastructure at select Fuel Stations in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. Hyundai India says that they will invest in the equipment and installation of these Fast Chargers (CCS Type – Single Port). These chargers can charge 80% of the battery capacity in less than an hour.
Like other Hyundai cars in India, the Kona SUV will also get a 3-year, unlimited kilometres warranty. That’s not all though, there’s also an 8-year warranty (upto 160,000 kilometres) for its High Voltage Battery.
The Hyundai Kona will come in Phantom Black, Polar White, Marina Blue, Typhoon Silver and Polar White with Phantom Black Roof colour options.