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Electric vehicles are said to be the future of mobility and world's major automakers are developing electric cars. Now, South Korean auto major Hyundai also plans to introduce electric vehicles in India. The company has confirmed that it will launch a pure electric car in the second half of 2019.
The first electric vehicle from Hyundai is likely to be the Kona EV which was revealed earlier this year. Hyundai has not revealed the exact model name or any other details about its first electric vehicle in the country. But we can expect it to be the Kona EV which will be best suited for the Indian market.
Managing Director and CEO of Hyundai India, Y K Koo said, "An electric SUV is among the eight products planned to be launched here between this year and 2020. It is expected in the second half of 2019. Initially, we will import it as a completely knocked down unit."
The Hyundai Kona EV will come to India via CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route and will be assembled at company's Tamil Nadu plant. With the local assembly, Hyundai will be able to keep the cost down and might launch the EV at an aggressive price tag.
The Hyundai Kona EV will be offered in two variants. One with a shorter range 39.2kW battery and the other with a longer range 64kW battery. The 39.2kW battery comes with a power output of 133bhp and 395Nm of torque and offers a driving range of 299km.
It takes 6 hours 10 minutes to fully charge the battery while the quick charge takes just 54 minutes to charge up to 80 percent.
The bigger 64kW battery is good for 201bhp and 395Nm of torque and offers a driving range of 469km. The battery takes 9 hours 40 minutes to be fully charged and with quick charging support, it takes 54 minutes to be charged up to 80 percent. With the bigger battery, the electric SUV can hit a top speed of 167km/h.
Apart from the Kona EV, Hyundai is also planning to introduce eight new products between 2018 to 2020. Out of that three launches are already confirmed. First, Hyundai will launch the new Santro, it will be followed by a compact SUV based on the Carlino concept and the third will be the Kona EV.
Thoughts On The Hyundai Kona EV
Hyundai has confirmed the launch of the Kona electric SUV in the Indian market. But with the lack of the charging infrastructure, it will be a challenge for Hyundai. But it will be in line with the government's ambition of shifting to all-electric vehicles by 2030. Currently, Mahindra is the only company in India to retail electric vehicles.