2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is a car that has been making waves in the electric car segment. The car gives a fantastic range and has a good SUV characteristic which are currently not present in any other Electric Car right now in the market. The Hyundai is the first 0ne to bring an SUV in the electric market in India. Therefore people have a lot of hopes from the car. Now the changes in GST rules for electric cars has resulted in the prices of the Hyundai Kona to be reduced by a significant number. Scroll down to find out!
Hyundai Kona Electric Price in India
|Premium||₹ 23,71,858 lakhs (Ex-showroom)|
The prices of the model of the Hyundai Kona will get a big cut of 1.59 lakhs due to GST changes. We aren’t really sure how this will translate om to sales figures but the car will be much more affordable than before. The electric car has opened bookings and the car is receiving a good response from the people. This is phenomenal for the launch of such a product. It received 120 bookings in 10 days. This is a sign for EV vehicle makers that the market is shifting towards electric vehicles. All the price changes will come in effect from 1st August 2019.
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Hyundai Kona 2019 electric Interiors
Stylish all-black interiors complement the exterior styling. There is large touchscreen jutting out like a tab. It features other elements like a new-gen steering wheel, climate control and all the bells and whistles you need in an SUV. There will be space for five and more than sufficient ample headroom and knee room in both the rows. We need to wait until we get to review the Kona in detail.
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Hyundai Kona electric Specifications
In international markets, the Kona EV is available with two options – a 39kW battery pack with about 312km claimed range and a 64kW unit with a 482km range on a single charge. For India, Hyundai is expected to bring the 39kW model, which makes the equivalent of 136hp and 395Nm of peak torque, has a claimed 0-100kph time of 9.7sec and a top speed of 155kph. The lithium-ion battery pack can be charged to 80 percent capacity in as little as 54min using a 100kW DC fast charger, or 6hr 10min from a standard AC source.
|Electric motor type||Permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM)|
|High Voltage Charging and Battery|
|AC charging||approx 6 h 10 mins|
|DC charging||Approx 57 min|
Hyundai Kona 2019 electric 5 things to know
Hyundai Kona Battery and Efficiency
According to the Automotive Research Association of India, the 64 kWh battery pack covers 425km on a single charge and is capable of attaining a top speed of 167 kmph. The torque of 395Nm enables it to go from 0 to 100 in less than 8 seconds.
Hyundai Kona Charging
The Kona EV is equipped with a fast charging option. Ideally, it would take around 7-8 hrs for a complete charge. On other hands, DC fast charging stations at select Hyundai facilities will be able to juice up the battery to 80% in 50 minutes.
Hyundai Kona Power Modes
The Kona gives the driver flexibility to switch to different modes according to the utility. There 4 power modes to choose from
- Comfort gives a smooth delivery of power
- Sport provides a powerful drive
- eco for maximum range
- eco + provides with power saver driving mode
Hyundai Kona Gearbox
The car comes with a shift by a wire gear system. This results in quick shifts through electrical connections. These buttons are in the center console of the car. This gives a good touch and feels to the car.
Hyundai Kona Safety
The electric Kona comes with a smart sense of technology. The collisions assistance, emergency braking assist and lane assist are some features which make driving easy as well as safe. There are six airbags, blind spot monitoring and rear view parking camera.
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Hyundai Kona electric Design
The Hyundai Kona 2019 is a stylish crossover electric will look no different from its petrol and diesel siblings. There is a large trapezoidal front grille with honeycomb mesh. The headlamps and daytime running LEDs are sleek and pulled back. The front side resembles the new Hyundai Kona 2019 with headlight setup like the new Hyundai Venue. The DRLs are placed separately from the main headlight unit giving it a different stance than what a conventional car looks like. The side profile is well chiseled with crisp lines running across. There are 17-inch wheels and pillars and roof are blacked out. It doesn’t have the appearance of an SUV or the road presence of the Creta but it does stand out in styling. There are several bits about this crossover that are not very Hyundai SUV design which is the case with companies with electric cars.
Hyundai Kona Electric Unfortunate incident
While the Hyundai Kona 2019 is making headlines in India about its amazing response and bookings, far away in another country, the car is in news for something far less good. Firefighters in Montreal believe that a Hyundai Kona EV exploded and caused a garage fire in Île-Bizard last week. The four-month-old car was parked in the garage and was nither charging or plugged in. When the explosion occurred, the garage roof, as well as the door, was blown off. The Montreal Fire Department is reportedly investigating the fire and said that “there didn’t seem to be any other factors inside the garage that could have caused the explosion.”
Now, this is not the first time an electric car has caught fire and cars with IC engines do catch fire too. The interesting thing about the Kona is that it’s the first time it’s happened to the Hyundai EV and it did not catch fire but it exploded and managed to blow the garage door off. Also, it was neither charging or plugged in. Hyundai is too investigating the incident and has not given a statement yet.
Piero Cosentino, owner of the car said, ” “If we were in front of the garage door, we could have been in the hospital.”
Apart from this we wanted to say – Tata, Ford, Maruti, Mahindra, Jaguar, Nissan, etc are all planning to introduce some of the other electric cars in India soon but the electric Hyundai Kona 2019 electric is going to be the first car that comes in with a proper range and let’s say a desirable factor. This SUV is here now, so what do you think? What kind of an SUV will it be? An electric SUV for the family? Will you buy an EV?
Hyundai Kona 2019 electric Competition
The Hyundai Kona 2019 electric is meant to be a statement to show Hyundai’s commitment to an EV future. This means that it is not expected to sell in large numbers. Hyundai plans to keep a framed target of about 50-60 units per month. However, the Korean brand is looking at locally assembling the Kona electric using CKD units in order to keep costs down. The Kona will not face competition from its own segment right away but from the electric cars that will come at a lower price and will be more affordable. MG, Kia, Mahindra and many manufacturers are planning electric SUVs for India soon. People who want to by an expensive SUV and want an electric car will have the Kona as a choice as of now.