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Hyundai Kona Electric to be Launched at India on July 9

04 Jul 2019 2 Comments Author: Motor Uncle

 

Hyundai India is all set to launch Kona,  the electric SUV. Amidst falling Car industry sales, it is an innovative and a bold move! 

As per Hyundai India, Kona shall charge as fast as a Mobile Phone! 

 

 

Hyundai Motor India has decided to skip the Hybrid mid way stop option and straight away catapult to the Fully electric one. The Company is all set to launch the Kona, its first fully electric SUV model. Hybrid vehicles in India despite being a favourable mid way stop to Battery EV (BEV) , attract the highest GST slab ie 28% plus 15 % Surcharge taking it to a whoppong 43% Tax Rate!

Whereas the EV attract just 12% GST Rate. So actually one doesnt need a study by the Big 4, to decide to launch the EV instead of the hybrid! 

Hyundai Kona boasts of an impressive design with a closed-off front grille and twin headlight design. There are LED headlamps, LED DRLs and LED rear lamps. The electric SUV gets 17-inch alloy wheels as well.

The Kona's interiors boast of a digital dashboard, a head up display, infortainment touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. , electrically adjustable ventilated front seats. The five-seater SUVs offers a boot capacity of 373 litres. It also possesses paddle shifter (regenerative braking control) and electronic gear shift button

The electric SUV gets a permanent-magnet synchronous motor. The power and torque output in standard trim is 136 hp and 395 Nm, respectively. It has a top speed of 155 kmph, while the driving range is 312 km in a single charge. The upper trim makes 204 hp and 395 Nm of torque. It has a maximum speed of 167 kmph and can cover a distance of 482 km in a single charge.

According to Hyundai, Kona's lithium-ion batteries are liquid-cooled to ensure optimal performance and efficiency. They can be recharged up to 80 per cent of the capacity in less than an hour with 100 kW DC fast charging station for minimal downtime.

The challenge is to find fast DC Charging stations when on the Move! The problem can exacerbate when on the highway.  However it is surely a bold move for the second largest Car maker in the Country to sound the bigul on 100% Electric vehicles that too a super stylish and a modern SUV! So time to get fully charged Up! and be ready for the Game as it goes Electric and Eclectic! 

 

References 

Hyundai India 

India Today  

NDTV Car & Bike 

Autocar 

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