Hyundai unveils India’s first electric SUV

This article was published on : July 20, 2019

Hyundai Motor India Ltd – country’s second largest vehicle manufacturer- recently launched its electric sport utility vehicle, Kona, at a price of Rs 25.30 lakh. The South Korean manufacturer becomes the first one in India to launch a long-range battery electric vehicle (BEV) in the SUV segment.

Hyundai’s Kona can cover 452 km in one single charge and is considered one of the best long range e-SUVs in the world along with Nissan’s Leaf. To beat the range anxiety and lack of charging infrastructure in India, Hyundai will provide two chargers- a portable one and AC Wall Box Charger – to its customers along with the vehicle.

The Kona will be sold by 14 dealers of Hyundai in 11 cities and the company is also collaborating with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) in four cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru – to set up changing stations with fast chargers in select fuel stations. Also, all the dealerships of Hyundai eligible for selling the Kona would be equipped with chargers in their showrooms and service stations.

The company is also offering a warranty of three years with unlimited kilometres on the Kona. On the lithium ion battery, Hyundai will offer warranty of eight years upto 1,60,000 km. The Kona SUV comes with a battery of 39.2 KWh advanced lithium polymer battery. Most of the existing electric vehicles in India come with batteries less then 20KWh.

The 2019 all-electric Hyundai Kona uses a button type shift-by-wire drive system. As of now Hyundai Motor Company sells the Kona Electric SUV in developed markets like the United States, Europe, Australia and Korea.

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