New Delhi, January 30, 2019: Hyundai was evaluating the Ioniq Electric and the Kona Electric for India, and from these, it has selected the latter for commercialization first. The model with a hatchback-like profile could be decided for the market based on the customer reactions to the Kona.

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has a unique front-end to set itself apart from the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. The grille gives way to a clean and sleek surface, as there’s no need to air cool an engine. Other differentiators include LED headlamps and rear combination lamps with a unique pattern, distinctive alloy wheels, copper-coloured character line below the bumpers and copper-coloured interior accents.

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric uses a 28 kWh Lithium-ion polymer battery pack located underneath the rear seats that provides a range (NEDC) of over 280 km. The car’s electric motor develops 88 kW (120 PS) and 295 Nm of torque, and its top speed is 165 km/h.

According to reports published in The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has a 6.6 kW onboard charger, and using a 7 kW wallbox it takes 4 hours 25 minutes to charge the battery pack from empty to 100% charge. Using a 100 kW quick charger, charging up to 80% takes about 23 minutes.

Hyundai will use the Kona Electric to understand the market for EVs in India, and then, it will manufacture low-cost, high-volume EVs that fall in A and/or B segment. The company plans to make India a production hub for its entry-level EVs.


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