CM unveils Hyundai’s electric car Kona

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today unveiled Hyundai’s first electric car Kona at the Secretariat in Chennai.

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Industries Minister M C Sampath and top officials were present during the launch of the car.

Hyundai Kona Electric is expected to be the harbinger for mass adoption of long range EVs in India. The Kona EV for India comes with a 39.2kWh battery (a longer-range 64kWh battery pack is available abroad), which has an ARAI-certified range of 452km on a single charge.

Expect real-world range to be around 300km, which is still a very respectable figure as far as EVs go. If the Kona Electric is anything to go by, range anxiety that EVs are notorious for could be a thing of the past, according to an Autocar report.

In November last year, managing director and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor India Limited, Y K Koo, with Datta and N Ramesh, assistant vice-president (Finance) of Hyundai, met Chief Minister Palaniswami.

At that time, BC Datta, vice-president of corporate affairs at Hyundai had said, the company would be increasing the plant’s capacity to 1,00,000 units, including the production of 50,000 Completely Knocked Down (CKD) vehicles.

A statement said the company has promised to increase its production capacity by another 100,000 units, including 50,000 through CKD format and another 50,000 through CBU format. It has sought various incentives as offered by the state government during its earlier expansions.

Hyundai Motor also promised to Palaniswami that it will produce more than 10 models within 2025, including electric vehicles on the CKD format in the first stage and later will start manufacturing electric vehicles in India over the next 3 years.