Hyundai has brought forth its popular Kona which happens to be a well launched electric car that meets up to the consumers’ expectations as a viable product.
Most corporate gatherings of automotive companies talk about electric vehicles. India’s first all-electric Hyundai Kona vis-à-vis other car has much to boast about.
Hyundai, India’s second-largest passenger car maker has successfully managed to launch the country’s first battery-powered electric SUV called Kona. The Hyundai Kona happens to be one of only three electric passenger vehicles that one can purchase in India, with the other two being Tata Tigor and Mahindra eVerito.
Kona is not cheap. It is rather expensive of the three. Yet people do buy it. Many bookings were made at the start of its sale itself.
Comparing Kona with a life-size rival that runs on fossil fuel instead does make it a very impressive car. One of Hyundai’s popular-selling models and, no doubt, India’s best-selling mid-size SUV Creta has many dimensions that are quite similar to the Kona in terms of interior space as well as overall length.
Creta’s entry variant is rather priced at Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom) or less than half of the Hyundai Kona. This variant does come powered by a 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 123ps.
These power figures for the petrol Creta can help it achieve a top speed of 195 km/hr. In comparison, the Kona can clock 120 km/hr at best.
At a mileage of 15 km/liter of petrol, the Creta can rather operate at 825 km without needing a refill, on account of its 55-liter fuel tank. This is nearly twice when compared to what Kona is all about with its maximum run on a full charge of 452 km. The Kona can rather achieve that provided the car is made to run for a maximum speed of 50 km/hr, as per standard test results.
The Creta can store several liters of fuel in seconds, but the Kona takes at least an hour to get fully charged through a fast charger and 19 hours on a slow three-point house charger.
Scales favor Creta, but the question is whether Kona is an impractical choice? The Kona does consume 40 units of electricity for the full charge. At Rs 6 per unit, the Kona will indeed cost Rs 240 to run for 452 km (under standard test conditions).
At Rs 0.50 per km, the Kona is rather very economical. In comparison, Creta petrol can cost Rs 5.2 per km. However, it will take several years for Kona to become a better alternative to the Creta.
People are going in for electric cars or at least looking forward to traveling by Hyundai Kona is becoming popular in this respect. Hyundai knows it produces leading cars and is a well-known manufacturer. Consumers can depend upon the quality of its products and can expect much mileage from its cars. The finesse is good indeed and viability as well affordability is not compromised in any way.