The Hyundai Kona electric crossover, which was originally introduced in 2018, is continuing its testing on the Indian roads. The electric version of the car is expected to launch in India in 2019 and the company plans to bring limited numbers to the country.
The Hyundai Kona EV has been lately seen testing in Delhi. The electric model is based on the standard Kona crossover which was launched in 2017. It is a crossover which resembles the Creta in size. The Kona EV is the first all-electric vehicle in the segment. When compared to the standard model, the electric variant gets 17-inch aero wheels along with aero vents on the front bumper. The charging point is located near the Hyundai badge. Another major design change is the absence of exhaust tips from the rear bumper.
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The interior of the electric car comes equipped with all the advanced safety features as present in the Kona standard model. The battery pack has been integrated such that the space in the SUV is not compromised in any way. The car has around 373 litres of boot space along with extra storage space under the front panel.
In terms of power, the EV comes with two engine options offering different power outputs. The first variant includes a single electric engine getting its power from a 39.2kWh battery pack and capable of producing 133bhp. It can go up to 300 km in a single charge and takes about 9.3 seconds to reach 0 to 100 kmph speed.
The second variant gets more power through a 64KW battery that gives 201bhp and can last for up to 470 km in a single charge. It can reach 0 to 100 kmph speed in just 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 167kmph.
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The quick-charge provided with the electric car can charge its battery up to 80 per cent in 54 minutes.
The Hyundai Kona Electric is expected to launch in India in the second half of 2019 at an assumed price range of Rs 25-30 lakhs. When launched, it is likely to become one of the most competitive electric SUVs in the country.