Hyundai Kona showcased
Hyundai India has confirmed that they will display the 2018 Ioniq sedan at the Auto Expo on 7th February 2018. The car will be unveiled alongside the official launch of the Elite i20 facelift. Hyundai will also display other electric powered cars like the Hyundai Kona electric SUV at the event. The Ioniq could make its Indian entrance later this year and Hyundai is bringing the vehicle to the Indian market to gauge the customer response.
The Ioniq is available in many international markets and is available in three powertrains – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric. It is an all-new platform developed by the Korean manufacturer to address the future mobility. Before it was said that Hyundai will launch the hybrid version of the car to the Indian shores but due to growth in taxes on the hybrid vehicles and India’s target to become an all-electric vehicle nation by 2030 has caused the change of plans.
If Hyundai finds Ioniq suitable for India, we may see a CKD type of the vehicle that will be collected in India. This will keep the cost quite competitive in the price-sensitive market. Hyundai India CEO, YK Koo has revealed that they will launch the first electric car in India next year. It is probable that they will launch the Kona SUV first as the SUVs are desired segment of cars in India and are much more popular than the sedans.
Talking about the power plant, the Hyundai Ioniq electric is powered by a 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery that takes 9-10 hours to charge completely through regular sockets at home. It also gets quick charging that reduces the charging time to 4-5 hours. The battery powers a 118 Bhp – 295 Nm electric motor. The Ioniq can do about 200 km. The batteries can also be charged through regenerative brake forces. The price is expected to be around Rs.20 lakh.
In international markets, the Kona is available with a range of petrol engines, as well as a diesel engine. However, the version of the Kona under evaluation for India will not have a combustion engine at all, and would be a pure EV. Final specifications of the Kona EV are not out as yet but the model is touted to have a range upwards of 300km on a full charge.