Hyundai has revealed that the Indian-spec Kona Electric's ARAI-certified range is 452 km. The company will launch the pure electric SUV in the country on 9 July.
Hyundai makes the Kona Electric in a basic version and a long-range version. Until now, it was speculated that it will offer the former in India to keep the price low. However, the ARAI-certified range confirms that it will sell the long-range version in our market actually. The basic version's range (South Korean test cycle) is 254 km.
The basic version has a 39.2 kWh Lithium-ion Polymer battery pack and a 136 PS/395 Nm electric motor. The long-range version uses a 64 kWh Lithium-ion Polymer battery pack and a 204 PS/395 Nm electric motor. Using a standard (AC) charger, the 39.2 kWh battery pack demands ~6 hours 10 minutes for full charging, while the 64 kWh battery pack takes ~9 hours and 35 minutes for the same. Using a quick charger (DC, 100 kW), 80% charging can be achieved in ~54 minutes in both the packs.
On the outside, the Hyundai Kona Electric features twin headlight setup, 17-inch alloy wheels and sleek, two-tier rear lights. Interior highlights include 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charging, Krell premium sound system, heated/ventilated front seats with electric adjustment, 7-inch driver information display and head-up display.
The Hyundai Kona Electric is manufactured at Hyundai's Ulsan plant in South Korea for global sales. Just for China, its name is Hyundai Encino EV and its production will take place at a Beijing-Hyundai joint venture company plant. India will get it in CKD, the assembly of which will take place at the Sriperumbudur plant. Expect the price(s) to fall in the INR 25-30 lakh (ex-showroom) range.