Hyundai Kona EV showcased at Frankfurt
13th Sep 2017
Carmaker targets a range of around 384km for the electric SUV; considers
India launch in 2018.
Hyundai showcased its new Kona electric SUV at the Frankfurt motor show and
announced an international launch at the 2018 Geneva motor show in March.
Hyundai is aiming for a range of around 384km for the Kona EV that was
displayed at its stall at Frankfurt. To put it into perspective, the
manufacturer’s all-electric Ioniq that is on sale internationally has a
28kWh battery developing 120hp and a claimed range of 280km.
The Kona EV is a part of the manufacturer’s plan to launch 30 new models by
hybrid vehicles to India due to the withdrawal of benefits to hybrids under
The Korean manufacturer is considering bringing the electric SUV to India
with a launch date later in 2018. Hyundai had abandoned plans to bring the
mild-hybrid and full- and Services Tax (GST) regime.
This move to sharpen its focus on electric vehicles is fuelled by the
government's decision to bypass hybrids and switch to full-electrics by
2030. In fact, under GST, hybrid vehicles have been taxed at 43 percent,
while EVs have been taxed at a lower rate of 12 percent.
It is unlikely that the standard Kona SUV, which sits below the Santa Fe and
Tucson in Hyundai’s international SUV line-up, with petrol and diesel
engines will come to India.
[© 2017 Autocar India]
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