Hyundai Kona : India’s first EV

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Since the past few decades, we have seen a lot of changes in the automotive market. New and fast cars, hypercars, pocket-friendly cars, and much more. There has also been a sudden increase in the number of cars on the road which is a bit of a concern. All the cars currently running on the roads of the entire world are either petrol or diesel cars. Looking at the fast depleting resources, there is an urgent need to find an alternate option. Many developed countries have started phasing out diesel vehicles and are now welcoming electric cars. Tesla has been leading the electric car world in developed nations like the USA but has overlooked developing countries like India. Well, Hyundai has grasped this opportunity and has introduced India to its first-ever electric vehicle, the Hyundai Kona. So is this really an ideal replacement for the already famous cars in India? Let’s find out.

Design and Dimensions Of Hyundai Kona –

When looked at for the first time, the design of the car looks to be inspired by Hyundai’s 2 top sellers, The i20 and Creta. It is a crossover and is very similar to Creta in terms of space and size. The front end of the car looks very futuristic and kinda reminds me of the Tesla Model 3. The frontend has slim LED daytime running lights along with low mounted headlamps which give the car a very modern look. The bumper is a single piece colored bumper. Now, because of this bumper, the car in White looks straight out from a Star Wars movie. The rear end has that typical Hyundai crossover-style design which gives the car a sense of ruggedness.

In terms of dimensions, the car is 4,180 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,570 mm in height. The car has a wheelbase of about 2,600 mm.

Interior Of Hyundai Kona-

The interior of this car is not very impressive. If you look at other cars launched at a similar price, you would expect premium leather seats, a huge touchscreen panel, best in class audio system and whatnot. The Kona lacks most of these but still offers a pretty good interior. The cabin looks clean and clutter-free. It is mainly made up of plastic but has a nice finish and the buttons have a quite tactile feel.

The car has a 7-inch infotainment system and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The infotainment system is a touchscreen and has all the basic features you would want in your car. One can also access the basic features of the infotainment system from the steering wheel of the vehicle. The car has 2 cupholders which are always useful and has ventilated seats. The car also has a driver only air conditioning option which redirects the flow of air to the driver’s side only which is quite a power-efficient.

 

Powertrain Of Hyundai Kona –

The Kona is a fully electric car and hence has a 100 kW electric Electric motor producing about 131 hp with a peak torque of 395 nm. The transmission is a single-speed reduction gear. The battery is a massive 39.2 kWh Lithium-ion battery which gives this car a range of about 452 km which considering this car is the first in its segment is pretty impressive. Customers buying this car will also receive a 7.2 kW AC wall box charger which can charge the vehicle from 0 to 100 in about 6 hours. The adapter can also charge the vehicle in an hour for a range of 50 km.

 

One can also get an extra charger for a price of about 70000 rupees. You can also charge this vehicle using a normal outlet but that will take a whopping 16 hours for the vehicle to get fully charged from 0 -100 %.  A normal outlet would take about 3 hours to get the car to a range of about 50 km. Since India has little to no provisions for EV charging points, Hyundai has partnered with Indian Oil Corporation to install fast-charging stations at various petrol pumps in India. These fast chargers would charge the car from 0 to 80 percent in less than an hour.

Drive and Handling –

 

The car’s 100 kW electric motor produces 131 hp at a torque of about 395 nm. This gives a car a solid start of the line. The car has no gear shifter as it has a single-speed gearbox. The shifter is basically a button. The car handles well and corners brilliantly. Since the car is meant to be driven on city roads, the steering is a bit on the softer side. The car also has 4 driving modes that alter the driving dynamics of the car accordingly – Eco, Eco Plus, Comfort, and Sport.

 

Final Take –

Buying this car in India is indeed a bold move. The car offers the same amount of power that other cars offer at this price point. The initial cost (23 lakh) of buying this car may be the same but the ownership cost is less than a rupee per kilometer. The look of this car is very futuristic and pleasing. The interior also offers all the basic amenities and the fact that Hyundai is working on installing fast-charging stations all over India, means no worries about getting stranded. This car is definitely premium and eco-friendly and I would definitely pick one up.