Today the Hyundai Kona Electric was launched in India. The vehicle is only available with the smaller 39.2 kWh battery, priced at 25.30 lakh rupees (About 32,874 euro), it is now available across 15 dealerships in 11 cities. There is also a plan to install fast chargers.
This is the first electric SUV available in India, and while it is not the strongest version of the Hyundai Kona Electric available, the 39.2 kWh battery is sufficient for a range of 289 km, according to WLTP. The motor delivers 395 Nm of torque on the front axle. Acceleration to 100 km/h can be done in 9.7 seconds, with a 154 km/h top speed.
Charging is still possible with a regular power socket, but fast charging is possible with 50 kW to 80% in 54 minutes. When using a 7.2 kW charger, the same process takes about 6 hours. Regarding charging infrastructure in India, Hyundai is addressing this by setting up chargers at their showrooms, which will be free for drivers to use. The company is also offering the vehicle with a portable charger which can be plugged into a standard household plug, as well as a wallbox charger. For the long run, Hyundai is cooperating with Indian Oil Corp to set up charging infrastructure at gas stations.