Hyundai India rolled out its first electric vehicle in India – Kona – in July, 2019. The South Korean carmaker is off to a flying start with an overwhelming number of bookings. The electric SUV has garnered cumulative bookings of 300 units so far. Due to high demand and limited volumes, the Hyundai Kona is now sold out for 2019.
In order to keep pace with the increasing demand and reduce its waiting period, Hyundai India is planning to bring extra units of Kona from its headquarters in Korea. The electric SUV is being imported to India through CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route, with a small level of local components.
Hyundai India sources the Kona’s battery from Korea, where the SUV is high-in-demand. Therefore, the lesser units have been allocated for the Indian market. The company believes that the allocations will be increased from November, 2019. Read – Hyundai & Kia To Launch Made-In-India ‘Smart’ Electric Cars
Powering the Hyundai Kona is a 100kWh battery pushing out a peak power of 131bhp with 395Nm of torque. The electric SUV comes with two different types of chargers – portable charger and the wall box charger. Hyundai claims that the Kona’s running cost is lower than the petrol version of the Creta SUV.
The India-spec Hyundai Kona can do 0 to 100kmph in 9.7 seconds. It offers three driving modes – Eco, Comfort and Sport. The electric SUV delivers a certified range of 452km on a single charge. The battery takes 7 to 8 hours to get fully charged and using a fast charger one can charge it up to 80% within an hour.
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