July 3: With fuel prices increasing and the technology evolving, the automobile sector is looking at electric vehicles as the future. Most of the major automakers around the world are now focusing on developing electric cars.
Hyundai, the South Korea-based automaker, is gearing up to launch electric vehicles in India. As per the company, in the second half of 2019, they will launch a pure electric car.
Neither the exact model name nor other details of the vehicle for the Indian market have been revealed by the company. Hyundai, in the first half of 2018, revealed its introductory electric car named Kona EV. Kona EV which is best suited for the Indian market is expected to be the one which the company is planning to launch in the country.
Y K Koo, CEO and MD at Hyundai India, had revealed that the company has planned to be launch eight products in India between 2018 and 2020. Out of these one will be an electric SUV which is likely to hit the Indian market in the second half of 2019. He also added that the car will be imported as completely knocked down unit.
The assembling of the car which will come to India via CKD (completely knocked down) route will be done at the Hyundai owned plant at Tamil Nadu. The company will be able to keep the cost down as the assembling is taking place in India.
The EV will be available in two variants, one with a shorter range 39.2kW battery and the other with a longer range 64kW battery. The 39.2kW battery variant which will offer a driving range of 299km comes with a power output of 133bhp and a torque of 395Nm. When charging normally, it will take around 6 hours 10 minutes to reach 100 percent charge. When quick charged it will take only 54 minutes to charge up to 80 percent.
The variant with 64kW battery provides a power of 201bhp and 395Nm of torque. This variant offers a driving range of 469km. The battery which takes 9 hours 40 minutes to get fully charged will only take 54 minutes to get charged up to 80 percent when provided quick charge support.
The high power battery enables the car to cover a distance of 167km per hour.
Of the eight cars to be launched by Hyundai, in 2018-2010, three are already confirmed. The carmaker will launch its new Santro first. This will be followed by an SUV and third will be its first electric car Kona EV. The SUV will be based on the Carlino concept.
Though Hyundai has confirmed the launch of Kona SUV, the lack of charging infrastructure in India will pose a huge challenge for the company. Presently, Mahindra is the only company in India to market electric vehicles.