The Hyundai Kona Electric SUV: All You Need To Know In Under Two Minutes

Hyundai Kona Electric SUV

Hyundai Is Well Positioned To Succeed With The All-Electric Kona SUV, Given Its Brand Acceptance In India, Since 1996.  The Marque Is Widely Recognised As Good Quality And Value For Money.  Key Ingredients In The Decision Making Process By Consumers In India! 


  • The Hyundai Motor Company, more commonly referred to simply as Hyundai, is a South Korean multinational automotive company headquartered in Seoul.   Hyundai Motors, along with Kia Motors and Genesis Motors, form the Hyundai Motor Group, the 3rd largest automotive company in the world.  
  • Hyundai is not new to India and in fact, established Hyundai Motor India Limited in 1996, launching the ubiquitous Hyundai Santro passenger car in 1998.  The company passenger internal combustion engine (ICE) was an instant success, and as they say, the rest is history! 
  • The Hyundai Kona is a five-door compact crossover SUV.  The Hyundai Kona Electric, also known as Hyundai Kona EV, was launched in 2018, a year after the internal combustion engine (ICE) model. The battery-electric vehicle (BEV) was initially launched in South Korea, with the worldwide rollout thereafter.   
  • The all-electric Hyundai Kona was received well by international markets, with the EV being awarded the prestigious ‘2019 North American Utility Vehicle of The Year’ at the North American International Auto Show.   Hyundai is committed to electrification and  aims to introduce up to 44 electric vehicles by 2025.  The automotive conglomerate will invest up to US$ 87 billion to execute its zero-emission transportation aspirations. 
  • Hyundai had leveraged its presence in India to become one of the few international automotive companies to launch an all-electric vehicle in the country.  In July 2019, Hyundai launched the Kona Electric in the country.  
Hyundai Kona Electric SUV
The Hyundai Kona Electric SUV (credit: Hyundai)
  • The zero-emission all-electric Kona SUV has a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer EV battery with a range of 452 kms on a single charge.  The electric car can charge up to 80% in 57 minutes using a DC fast charger (50 kW).  For home charging (7.2 kW), the EV will take just over 6 hours for a full charge.
  • The eco-friendly emission-free SUV can accelerate 0 to 100 km/h in 9.7 seconds.  There are four driving modes to include: smart eco pedal guide, sport driving mode, eco/eco+ driving mode and comfort driving mode.  The eco/eco+ driving mode delivers maximum efficiency through ultra-energy saving modes, while the sport mode delivers the quickest acceleration.  Given the comfortable zero-emission range of this battery-electric vehicle (BEV) SUV, we would suggest maximizing the use of performance! Regenerative braking comes as standard.
Hyundai Kona Electric SUV
The Hyundai Kona Electric SUV (credit: Hyundai)
  • As is now the case with most electric vehicles, the Kona Electric SUV is packed with technology.  With a 17.77 cm touchscreen display, the EV driver can seek energy information, power consumption and charge management.   The EV also comes with a host of safety features to include: six airbags, vehicle stability management, hill-start control (HAC), electronic stability control and parking assist. 
  • Battery warranty: 8 years or up to 1,60,000 kms. 

Battery And Range 


  • Battery capacity: 39.2 kWh 
  • Battery type: lithium-ion 
  • Range: 452 km (ARAI certification)
  • Capable of rapid charging (up to 80% in 57 minutes)

Power & Performance


  • 0-100 km/h: 9.7 seconds 
  • Top speed: N/A
  • Max Power: 136 PS
  • Torque: 40.27 kgm 

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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