Hyundai will be selling the Kona all-electric SUV only in metro cities initially and that too through select dealerships with necessary infrastructure to support EVs.
Hyundai will be launching the Kona all-electric SUV in India on the 9th of July and that will be the very first all-electric SUV in the country. Well, while Mahindra had its fair stint at electric vehicles with the e2o and the e-Verito, those never really took off. However, the electric vehicle chapter in India might just change with the new Hyundai Kona. And just in case this thought did not occur to you before, it’s an SUV.
Hyundai has announced that initially, they would be selling the Kona only in 16 select cities through specialized dealerships. Hyundai will be the first manufacturer to debut an all-electric SUV in the country, ahead of MG, who also has the eZS electric SUV slated for launch later this year.
Hyundai will have select dealerships in the metro cities with the necessary infrastructure needed for EVs. These dealerships will have fast charging facilities which can be used to charge the Kona’s battery upto 80% in under an hour. The Kona will be brought to India via the CKD route.
Hyundai will also be providing an AC home charger as an optional extra. This can fully charge the SUV in about 10 hours. However, Hyundai will not be providing a fast charger for personal use to the customers as the price of that would not be justifiable.
Internationally, the Kona comes in two versions – a 39kWh battery pack model and a 64kWh battery pack model. The former has a claimed driving range of 289 km and produces 136 PS of power and 395 Nm of peak torque, with 0-100kmph coming up in 9.7 seconds along with a top speed of 155 kmph. The latter has a claimed driving range of 449 km and produces a rather healthy 204 PS of power and 395 Nm of peak torque. Exactly which version will make it to India is still not known but most likely it will be the 39kWh battery version, at least initially.
The Kona is quite a handsome looking SUV. It looks pretty much similar to the regular Kona except for some revisions to the grille which now sports an unique pattern and the bumpers too have been slightly redesigned. The driving range of the Kona is pretty good considering the other electric cars we have in India like the e-Verito has a driving range of only 140 km.
Like all Hyundai’s, the Kona will be very well loaded with all necessary equipment. It will feature an 8-inch touchscreen display with live services, real-time traffic updates, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8-speaker KRELL premium audio with a subwoofer, heated and ventilated seats and more. It might also get the BlueLink connectivity system that debuted with the Venue. On the safety front, it will have six airbags, ABS, blind spot detection, hill-start assist and a reverse camera.
The Kona will be priced around Rs. 25 lakhs when its launched. Being the only all-electric SUV in the country, it will enjoy no competition for some time but with the MG eZS coming soon, the holiday period wouldn’t be long. Also, it would be interesting to see electric cars compete in the Indian market for the first time.