Hyundai launched the all-new Kona EV in the Indian market after a long wait. The most affordable electric SUV was launched as a CKD model and is priced at Rs 25.3 lakh, ex-showroom while the dual-tone paint version of the car costs Rs 20,000 more. In the Indian market, the Kona EV is available only in a single variant.
The Kona EV launched in India gets 39.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that powers 100 kW or 131 Bhp electric motor. Since it is an electric vehicle, it generates a massive torque of 395 Nm. Electric cars are known for their instant torque as there is no combustion engine in the vehicle and the power generation is instant. This makes the performance of the electric cars exhilarating. Here is a video of the Hyundai Kona EV that shows the electric SUV accelerate from 88 km/h to 147 km/h in no time. This is remarkable performance as the car took only about 14 seconds to accelerate to the top-speed.
The Hyundai Kona EV can do the 0-100 km/h run in just 9.7 seconds, which is quite quick for an SUV. However, most fast cars lose steam when they reach higher speed and the acceleration is not as good as the initial performance of the car. However, the Kona being an electric vehicle shows no such signs and the acceleration stays quick even after crossing the three digital mark on the speedometer. The Hyundai Kona EV that has been launched in India gets two different modes. There is a normal mode, which optimises the battery for city usage and extends the life of the battery to maximum by restricting the performance of the car. This video, however, has been shot in the sports mode, which allows the driver to utilise the full power of the electric SUV.
The instrument cluster seen in the video shows the power utilisation. While accelerating, the fully digital instrument cluster has markings from 0-100, which indicates the power utilisation by the car when the accelerator is pressed. In the video, we can see that the Kona EV is using its 100% power to speed up from 88 km/h. When the brakes are pressed at 147 km/h, the power utilisation can be seen dropping down rapidly. The Hyundai Kona EV also gets a regenerative braking system and the power indicator level on the extreme left-hand side of the car shows that the power is generating. The Kona gets three different regenerative braking settings that change the braking effectiveness.
The all-new Hyundai Kona EV can reach a top speed of 155 km/h according to the official figures. Real life top-speed figures can be different due to external factors. The Kona EV comes with 8 years or 1.6 lakh km warranty on the batteries. Also, the batteries take about 6-7 hours to charge completely using standard charging methods and only 54 mins to charge to 80% using a fast charger. It gets a range of 452 km on a single charge according to ARAI tests.