Hyundai India has a sure shot winner on its hand. This we say even before driving the car. The Hyundai Kona electric has been launched in India at Rs 25.30 lakh, ex-showroom pan-India. Bookings have started while deliveries will begin in a month’s time. There are four colour options to choose from including a dual tone. 15 select dealers in 11 cities will exclusively take bookings. These dealerships will also install fast charger in their premises. As of now, the Kona electric comes in as a CKD but only 1000 units have been commissioned for India. Hyundai says more can be called for should there be a demand.
Tell me more about the Hyundai Kona electric
The Hyundai Kona electric uses a 39.2kWh Li-iin battery pack. 135PS/395Nm are the numbers while the acceleration figure is 9.7s with a top speed of 145kmph. The more interesting bit is about the range. The ARAI-claimed range is 452km. Hyundai provides a wall box charger as well as a portable unit with the car. These standard chargers can give you 50 per cent charge in four hours while the fast charger will give 80 per cent in less than an hour.
To maximise the range or elevate driving performance, Hyundai has provided the Kona electric with Eco/Eco+, Comfort and Sport modes. The transmission is a single speed unit and also has paddle shifters that bring in energy regeneration. These are adjustable too.
The design language of the Kona electric is conventional. The grille is closed while the headlamps are bi-LED units. One can open the hood and they will find the chargers there. The grille also hosts the charging point. 17-inch low rolling resistance alloys and LED tail lights as well as an electric badge at the rear round off the design elements. Inside, the console looks a bit busy with the buttons and you will also notice the lack of a gear lever. The latter is because there are buttons to move the vehicle. The instrument cluster is a mix of analogue and digital units while the infotainment will also show the level of charge left apart from syncing your Apple or Android phone. There is a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated/cooled front seats, sunroof, wireless phone charging, cooled glovebox as well as climate control that only directs air to the driver, if required. An electric parking brake and remote openable boot are other additions.
What about warranty of the product?
Hyundai offers unlimited kilometres and a 3-year warranty. The Li-ion battery pack has a separate eight years or 1.6 lakh km warranty. Hyundai will be setting up fast charger in four metros to being with. It will also partner with IOCL to allow charging in fuel stations.