It looks like EVs are already proving their point. A Hyundai Kona’s service bill in India at 10,000 km has come to Zero rupees. Tesla Club India has shared the service bill of Mr Arun Bhat Saravu from Karnataka for his Hyundai Kona with a total payable of Zero rupees. Apart from the fuel savings, the lower maintenance costs are also favourable for EVs as the car does not need a change in engine oil, air filter, fuel filter, coolant and transmission oil.
Hyundai Kona was launched in July 2019 and was the first long-range electric vehicle in India with a range of 452 km in a single charge. Kona is powered by a high-voltage 39.2 kWh advanced lithium-ion polymer battery powering a 136 PS permanent-magnet synchronous motor. It develops 40.27 kgm of torque sent to the front wheels and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9.7 seconds.
Using a 50 kW DC quick charger, the battery can be charged to 80% capacity in 57 minutes and 6 hours and 10 minutes with a 7.2 kW Level-II charger. Kona offers four driving modes – Eco+, Eco, Comfort and Sport. Sport mode emphasises more on acceleration, while Eco+ and Eco modes prioritize range over performance with more conservative power-delivery and deliver maximum range by brake regeneration.
On the inside, the Kona gets 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with AM/FM/MP3, auxiliary input, voice-command recognition and rearview monitor, power driver’s seat, leather ventilated seats in the front, automatic air conditioning, smart key with push-button start and wireless charging.
On the safety front, the Kona is equipped with 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control, tyre pressure monitoring system, rear camera and disc brakes on all wheels. Hyundai Kona would be available with a warranty of 3 years/unlimited km, along with an 8 years/160,000 km warranty for its battery pack.
Hyundai is expected to release the Kona facelift internationally in 2021 carrying a bigger infotainment system along with other updates.