Hyundai Kona Electric Expected To Be India’s First Electric SUV


Hyundai Kona electric will make its India launch in July 2019

For Hyundai Kona, there’s no sign of letting off considering the stream of good news this car is receiving. According to Financial Express, the EV is set to enter a rather big market. The Hyundai Kona electric is set to make its India launch in July 2019 and electric SUV will be assembled in India, at Hyundai’s Chennai plant. The South Korean carmaker is slated to invest in an all-new assembly line at its plant to assemble the Kona electric SUV which will debut in India as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) units.

For Hyundai, the goal is to sell approximately 1000 electric SUVs in India in the first year of its launch. Since the vehicle will be India’s first fully electric vehicle, the carmaker aims to ramp up the production as and when required since India is only now getting ready for the electric vehicle market. For the most part, the Hyundai Kona SUV will be sold only in top-10 metro cities before expanding further. Hyundai confirmed that the price of the Kona will be less than Rs 30 lakh, around $40,000.00 with today’s exchange rates.

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The Hyundai Kona comes with a near-300-mile WLTP range and real-life tests yielded around 250 miles of range – while driving under normal road conditions. The Kona is able to utilize fast 50kW DC chargers, but those may come in rather scarce in India these days. However, that will change quickly once more EVs start rolling on the streets of Calcutta and Chennai.

Definitely, the first signs of electrification in a country who badly needs cleaner air around its major cities is a big move forward. How fast will EVs catch on in India, still remains to be seen. However, for Hyundai, firmly capturing the higher-end of the EV market will allow them to establish their footprint in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. And if that happens, the Korean carmaker is in for some rather smooth sailing altogether.

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Source: Financial Express

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13 Comments on "Hyundai Kona Electric Expected To Be India’s First Electric SUV"

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For some countries, heavely based on carbon sources, the EVs seems to be more pollutant than gas cars. And India is one of this countries.

India is looking to add 100 GW of solar power by 2022. They as already have over 20 GW, 4 years ahead of schedule. They also have over 34 GW of wind generators, so a large percentage of power is coming from renewables (still too small though). Source: wiki

They have a ways to go, but they are rapidly changing to cleaner sources. Just as in US coal is quickly losing its cost advantage, coal in India is likely to crash for the same reason.

India installed 34GW of wind in the 2017-2018 time. Also India now has the 4th largest capacity of wind, behind China, US, and Germany.
Bloomberg Quint
India needs to work on planned parenthood or by 2050 the population will be 2050. Free birth control pills, vasectomies, tubes tied etc are needed in India as well as many places in the world. Increasing populations will not only exasperate climate change but water and wars.

When it comes to electric cars using more than 15 year old information makes it….well extremely put it nicely.

There is nowhere in the world where an EV doesn’t beat it’s ICE counterpart. Including India. And that is before even looking at the local emissions.

Yes they have dirty electricity but it gets better every year as India keeps building solar plants…
The main graph in the article you link to is from “February 2013” which means it is pretty much obsolete…

Even better…
“Correction added 12:30 17 July: Commenter Ingenergia noted that I had overlooked to include the CO2 embedded in ICE car manufacture in my numbers and that is a pretty serious oversight for my part. So much so that I considered taking the post down.”

I think you need a better source…

India added more solar than US in the 1st half of 2018. Total solar capacity crossed 25 GW. 22 GW out of 25 GW added in the last 4 years. 35 GW of wind capacity is there in India. Huge no if solar and wind projects are in pipeline.

I believe, all new electricity demand including EVs will be met with solar, wind and battery storage going forward.

Not sure why you’re downvoted. You absolutely should look at the carbon intensity of your electricity when choosing to purchase an electric vehicle. For most people in the US, it works out that electric vehicles are better for the environment than a equivalently-sized hybrid.

Yes, the overall trend for coal consumption is on the downtrend. But this is far from guaranteed. For example, China and USA both seem to be generating more coal-sourced electricity this year compared to 2017. You want coal to disappear? You actually have to fight for it. Don’t take it for granted that it’ll happen automatically.

Well the POTUS is trying to get additional subsides for coal and nuclear plants to keep them operating because they can’t compete with low cost renewable energy. He wants to keep these price uncompetive plants open by forcing utilities to sell this energy over lower cost sources and pass the higher rate on to the consumer.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

EIA Electricity Monthly has year to July and rolling 12 month generation lower:
Year to July: 2018: 657,477GWh, 2017: 701,901GWh
Rolling 12 months to July: 2018 1,163,477GWh, 2017: 1,256,555GWh
That’s with total generation up:
Total Year to July: 2018 2,440,052GWh; 2017 2,340,749GWh
Total Rolling 12 months to July: 4,138,246GWh; 2017 4,064,936GWh

Do you have newer data?

(Next release is 10/24/2018. I always look forward to the monthly updates.)

Ah KONA is as a SUV? LOL

The Kona is a great entrance into the EV space. But it is not an SUV.

I know someone who was told September was the “worst-case delivery scenario” a few months ago, but who’s now looking at a November estimate no longer mentioning anything about “worst case”. And I’ve yet to see one in the flesh, suggesting deliveries in my region hasn’t even begun yet.

As far as I understand, Hyundai is expected to make only about as many Kona next year as they made Ioniq last year – about 2,000/month for export. That’s not even enough to cover demand in Norway alone! And although EVs are hugely popular here, we’re a small market. Add in, ahem, the rest of the world, and it seems Kona is going to be a great car that’s frustratingly difficult to get hold of.

Fun fact: the funky-looking building in the main picture is an office building occupied by Equinor, formerly known as Statoil, Norway’s largest oil company.