Instagram user hyundaifanclub has spotted a totally uncamouflaged Hyundai Kona Electric on New Delhi roads. The all-electric SUV was showcased at the 2018 MOVE Summit in September and its launch will take place in H1 2019.
Internationally, the Hyundai Kona Electric has been on sale in two powertrain variants. The base version draws power from an electric motor that outputs 136 PS and 395 Nm. It has a 39.2 kWh battery pack that gives a driving range of 345 km*. It features a 7.2 kW onboard charger through which the battery pack can be charged entirely with AC in 6 hours and 10 minutes. 80% of the battery can be replenished in just 54 minutes using a 100 kW fast charger.
The costlier variant of the Hyundai Kona Electric offers a maximum power of 204 PS and a peak torque of 395 Nm. The electric motor gets its power from a 64 kWh battery pack, which provides a driving range of 546 km*. It can be entirely charged with AC in 9 hours 35 minutes. The 100 kW fast charger can be used for charging it to 80% in 75 minutes.
The Hyundai Kona Electric is expected to cost around INR 25 lakh (ex-showroom). It will be brought to India via the CKD route, with the assembly taking place at the Chennai plant. The company has set a monthly sales target of 50 units. It will likely offer only the 39.2 kWh variant to keep the price as low as possible.
In addition to the Hyundai Kona Electric, two more imported EVs are on their way to India later this decade, namely Audi e-tron and Porsche Taycan. However, these will arrive as CBUs and have a substantially higher price tag.
*As per New European Driving Cycle (NEDC)
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