The 2019 all-electric Hyundai Kona
The 2019 all-electric Hyundai Kona

Hyundai unveils India’s first electric SUV at 25.30 lakh

  • 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; Hyundai has collaborated with Indian Oil to set up fast charging stations in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru

Hyundai Motor India Ltd - country’s second largest vehicle manufacturer- on Tuesday launched its electric sport utility vehicle, Kona, at a price of 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.

Interiors of the 2019 all-electric Hyundai Kona
Interiors of the 2019 all-electric Hyundai Kona

Also, all the dealerships of Hyundai eligible for selling the Kona would be equipped with chargers in their showrooms and service stations.

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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.
The 2019 all-electric Hyundai Kona uses a button type shift-by-wire drive system.

According to Seon Seon Kim, managing director and chief executive, Hyundai Motor India, India is ushering in a new era of clean and connected mobility and Hyundai is leading the space of future mobility globally and will bring in the most relevant technology in the clean mobility space in the Indian market.

“The Kona Electric is the ‘The New Normal’ as it is the first long range green SUV with a capacity of 452 kms in one charge, enhancing the customer confidence in electric mobility. Kona electric has received world wide recognition and will be the most conducive e-vehicle for the Indian market," said Kim.

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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