Hyundai Motor India, one of the largest exporters in India, has recently introduced Kona Electric, first fully electric SUV targeting long range of 452 km on every charge. With new advanced technology in eco & clean mobility and young dynamic design Kona Electric appeals to consumers for an eco-focused lifestyle.
SS Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India said, “India is ushering into a new era with clean and connected mobility. We are committed to government’s vision of shared, connected and clean mobility. Hyundai is leading the future mobility solutions globally and will bring in the most relevant technology in the clean mobility space in the Indian market. As we embark on the journey of India’s future mobility, the launch of India’s first fully electric SUV Kona in India will be a revolutionary and a definitive forward move to change the perspective towards electric cars altogether.”
“The Kona Electric is the ‘the new normal’ as it is the first long range green SUV with 452 km/charge (ARAI certified) enhancing the customer confidence towards electric mobility. Kona Electric has received worldwide recognition and will be the most conducive e-vehicle for the Indian market. The electric SUV showcases strengths of its SUV model combined with advanced innovative technology of an electric powertrain,” he added.
Kona Electric is named after the idyllic west-coast region of the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kona region is famous among endurance triathletes and thrill-seeking travellers, and this energetic image is further reflected in the innovative and distinctive design of this eco-focused SUV.
The vehicle’s on-board charger is capable of a 7.2 kw rate of charge for rapid recharging. Kona Electric estimated range is 452 kms/charge (ARAI Certified). An 80 per cent charge can be achieved in 57 minutes with DC quick charger (zero to 80 per cent charge @ 50 kW), using the CCS Type II charging port, while a 7.2 kW Level-II charger takes 6 hours and 10 minutes. For charging convenience, the charging port is located in the front grille area for head-in parking ease whenever charging is needed.
Kona Electric offers differentiated driving modes (Eco+, Eco, Comfort and Sport) optimise torque distribution, tailoring Kona Electric to a variety of driving preferences and purposes. In Sport mode, there is a greater emphasis on acceleration, while Eco+ and Eco modes progressively prioritize range over performance with more conservative power-delivery and deliver maximum Electric Range by brake regeneration.
The new car’s shift-by-wire drive controls are supported by a center console upper bridge element with an integrated open-access lower storage bin for convenience. The audio/navigation display incorporates advanced infotainment features and the available floating 17.77cm seamless touchscreen infotainment includes standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ capability. The floating infotainment display adds further to the occupants’ sense of interior openness and puts information front and center for the driver. Further, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) controls are surrounded by soft, fluid details that enhance the comfort-focused environment.
The Kona Electric powertrain has an efficient 136ps permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor powered by a high-voltage 39.2 kwh advanced lithium-ion polymer battery. The motor develops 40.27 kgm of torque distributed to the front wheels giving an impressive acceleration of 0- 100 kmph in just 9.7 seconds. The battery system has liquid-cooling technology and battery pack has high energy density.
Kona Electric’s motor-driven power steering is more efficient than traditional hydraulic systems, reducing typical parasitic losses from ancillary belts and their continual drag on the powertrain. Further, the steering system is engineered for Kona Electric’s rapid adjustments in steering feel with changing driving conditions. The steering wheel itself offers a wide range of tilt and telescopic adjustment for greater driver comfort.
Kona Electric offers digital cluster with supervision, power driver’s seat, leather ventilated seats (front), automatic air conditioning and smart key with push button start. In a first for the segment, Kona Electric offers smartphone wireless charging. To charge a device, simply place a compatible smartphone on the wireless-charging interface located in the center console storage, recharging without the need for cables.
The customers will be provided with two chargers along with the car –a portable charger and an AC wall box charger. The portable charger can be plugged into any normal three pin 15 amp socket and charge the vehicle. This charger can top-up daily running of 50 km in less than three hours. Whereas AC wall box charger (7.2 kw) can top-up charge the vehicle within one hour for running 50 km.
Hyundai electric vehicle selling dealers will support the customer for installing the sockets at customer’s premises and will provide charging demo to the customer. The installation support for customers will be provided through our partner Allianz Worldwide.
Allianz Worldwide will provide support on the installation by conducting surveys to access the residence type, power connection & upgradation requirement, procedure to upgrade the power supply, consumables required for installation. Allianz will also provide dedicated telephonic support for the complete process.
For providing fast charging facility, Hyundai is working along with IOCL to develop infrastructure at select fuel Stations in select cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. HMIL will invest on the equipment and installation of these fast chargers (CCS Type – Single Port). These chargers can charge 80 per cent of the battery capacity in less than an hour.
HMIL has tied up with MapMyIndia, to display Kona Electric compatible EV charging stations in HMIL website and in mobile app. The Kona Electric would be available with a warranty for three years and unlimited kilometres, along with a warranty for eight years and upto 160,000 km for its high voltage battery.
The new product is available in colours like Phantom Black, Polar White, Marina Blue, Typhoon Silver and Polar white with Phantom Black Roof.