Electric vehicles have started becoming a common thing around the world. In India, couple of mainstream car manufacturers launched their first electric vehicle in the market last year. Hyundai was the first manufacturer to launch its Kona electric vehicle in our market. It is first electric vehicle in the country with a high driving range. Hyundai Kona has an ARAI certified range of 452 kilometers when fully charged. It is sold in 15 cities via 17 dealerships across the country. Here we have a video that takes us on a tour of the Hyundai Kona electric and shares some information about the car.
The video has been uploaded by Hyundai India on their official page and shares information of types of charging, warning lights and also gives idea on how to identify a Kona electric. Starting with battery charging information which explains that Kona electric can be charged using a ICCB or trickle charger, AC wall box charger or a DC charger.
The trickle charger can be connected to regular 220V socket and it will take around 19 hours to fully charge the car. The AC wall box charger will take over 6 hours to charge the car fully. The DC charger on the other will only take 57 minutes to charge 80 percent of the battery. Hyundai will only provide trickle and AC wall box charger with the car. They’ll also help with the installation part.
Then the video explains how to charge the EV. For this, Kona must be turned off and after unlocking the car slightly push the small flap on the front bumper to access the charging port. CCS2 type connectors and used in Kona electric and depending up on the type of charger, the charging time will vary. There is an indicator on the right side of the connector which shows whether the car is charging. The same is displayed on the instrument cluster as well.
In case of an emergency the charging connector can be removed easily by simply pulling the orange lever under the hood. If the car is being charged in Auto mode, then the connector can easily be removed when the car has been charged. The video also says that Hyundai Kona can be easily identified by the badging at the rear and right side of the car. in case of an emergency, Kona electric can also be identified using VIN number as well. Other methods are by looking at the electric motor high voltage wiring and cover that says EV under the hood.
Just like any other car, Hyundai Kona has an instrument cluster with number of warning lights. It has battery malfunction, seat belt reminder, hand brake warning, ABS, low tyre pressure, EPS warning light, charging system warning, Master warning light and so on. Hyundai Kona is priced at Rs 23.7 lakh, ex-showroom and competes with cars like MG ZS EV and Tata Nexon EV which come in the market as a cheaper alternative.