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All-electric Hyundai Kona To Be Sold In 16 Cities At Launch

  • Hyundai will mainly focus on metros and other Tier I cities initially.
  • Overseas, it gets a 39kWh battery pack with 312km range and a 64kWh battery pack with 482km of range.
  • Select dealerships will also feature fast charging system.
  • Every buyer will get a domestic AC charger free of cost.
  • Hyundai is expected to price the Kona EV at around Rs 25 lakh (ex-showroom India).

SUVs in India span across various segments, but all-electric ones are still a novelty in the country, without any long-range offerings in the space yet. But that is about to change with the is scheduled for a launch by the end of this year.

The Korean giant plans to have select dealerships with all the necessary infrastructure needed for an EV. Most of these showrooms will also have fast charge facility which can be used to charge the Kona's battery to 80 per cent in just under an hour. The all-electric SUV will be brought to India via the CKD route.

Every Kona Electric customer in India will get an AC home charger, whose cost will be included in the price of the SUV. This charger can fully charge the SUV in 10-12 hours. Hyundai India will not be providing a fast charger for domestic purposes as the price premium won't be justifiable.

The Kona Electric comes in two versions abroad- 39kWh battery pack model and a 64kWh battery pack model. The 39kWh variant has a claimed range of 289km(WLTP) while the 64kWh version can go on for 449km (WLTP) on a single charge. The variant destined for India is still not clear, but we expect the 39kWh version to come in first. It makes 136PS and 395Nm of peak torque, with 0-100kmph coming up in 9.7 seconds along with a top speed of 155kmph. The 64kWh version, meanwhile, produces an impressive 204PS and 395Nm of torque.

The overall styling of the SUV is similar to the standard Kona, albeit without the grille ( a unique pattern in place of that) and with some other revisions to the bumper design. The range figure of the Kona Electric is very practical for India. The current crop of electric cars in the country like the eVerito, for example, have a limited range of 140km.

Expect the Kona Electric to come loaded with features like 8-inch touchscreen display, live services, real-time traffic updates, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 8-speaker KRELL premium audio with a subwoofer, heated and ventilated seats and more. The SUV might also come with BlueLink connected features that debuted on the, expect it to come loaded.

The expected pricing for the Kona Electric is likely to be around Rs 25 lakh and the only competition for the SUV comes in the form of the eZS.



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