The much-awaited Hyundai Kona Electric SUV has been officially launched in India today and we have all the highlights from the launch event here. Priced at Rs. 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom) new Kona Electric is the first electric vehicle to be launched in India by Hyundai, and it's also the first electric SUV to reach our shores. We have already driven the new Kona Electric in its home market Korea, and told you all about it, including our expectations with regards to the pricing, which was pretty much spot on.
Globally car comes with two electric drivetrains - a 39.2 kWh and a 64 kWh battery version, India will get the smaller 39.2 kWh version, which is claimed to offer a range of 452 kilometres. The Hyundai Kona Electric's 39.2 kWh battery sends power to a 100 kW electric motor which generates a power output of a good 131 bhp and a whopping 395 Nm of peak torque. Power is sent to the front wheels only as the SUV doesn't get the all-wheel drive (AWD), but nonetheless, the Kona Electric performs and handles quite well.
Hyundai Kona Electric will come with a 5-seater cabin loaded with a host of smart features.
The new electric SUV from Hyundai can be fully charged overnight with a regular power socket, however, with a fast charger, you can achieve an 80 per cent charge in just 50 minutes. However, Hyundai is likely to only offer regular power cables, to keep things simple. The Hyundai Kona Electric also offers three different modes - Eco, Comfort, and Sport.