India’s first electric car was the Reva and by no means was it successful. It was a small two door car with a lithium ion battery which could do 80kms on a full charge. The brand was eventually bought by Mahindra and now exists a subsidiary of Mahindra&Mahindra, which produces the e2o and provides electric engines for Mahindra s e formula racing team.
Hyundai has been selling cars in India since 1996 and has now become a household name. The Kona is a car which has already generated a lot of interest of customers due to the volatile nature of petroleum prices in the country, so what really differentiates the Hyundai Kona from the recently launched Nissan Leaf and the Toyota Prius?
The leaf and the Prius cost around 40 lakhs but the Kona is priced at 25 lakhs ex showroom which is bargain compared to its competitors. It makes an impressive 134 bhp from its electric motors and if that is not enough Hyundai has a 204 bhp version as well.
Some people may say that Hyundai have jumped the gun and India is not ready for electric car. That is a very wrong assumption to make, as in this case Hyundai could very well capture the market in this segment by taking the initiative. The Kona is a strong product, it comes with a 39kwh battery pack and can cover 452 kms on one full charge according to ARAI.
There is 50kw fast charger available with which you can get 80% charge under 60 minutes which is pretty impressive but what if you don’t have the fast charger?
The 7.2kw ac wall-box charger for home installation takes around 6 hours 10 minutes for a full charge, other than that for dire situations there is also a portable charger that can be plugged into a regular wall socket which takes 19 hours to fill up the "tank".
It is very clear Hyundai have done their research and have made a compatible car for the Indian market.
For a more in depth review of the Hyundai Kona I will leave a link to our video.