Energy Efficiency Services Limited or EESL has started commissioning the Hyundai Kona EV for government officials. Earlier, government officials used the Tata Tigor EV or the Mahindra e-Verito.

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Even NTPC chairman and managing director, Shri Gurdeep Singh and Power and new and renewable energy minister Shri Raj Kumar Singh have ditched the Tigor EV and e-Verito for the Hyundai Kona EV. Moreover, top officials from NITI Aayog are also thinking of switching to the Hyundai Kona.

Why the Government prefers the Hyundai Kona?

  • The reason cited for this switch are various “functional issues” with the e-Verito and the Tigor EV. The government officials prefer the Kona SUV because of its battery pack size which is three times that of the other EVs.
  • The Mahindra e-Verito suffers from poor performance and low mileage. The Tigor EV has serious AC cooling, acceleration and battery charging issues.
  • The operating cost of the Hyundai Kona EV comes to just 40 paisa/km, an official commented.

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Hyundai Kona | Highlights

  • The Hyundai Kona electric uses a 134hp permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor powered by a high-voltage 39.2 kWh high-density, liquid-cooled lithium-ion polymer battery.
  • The electric motor produces 394.9 Nm of torque sent to the front wheels with an acceleration of 0- 100 kmph in just 9.7 seconds.
  • Furthermore, Hyundai Electric offers great service support to its Kona customers. All Hyundai Electric centres are equipped with a 7.2 kW fast AC charger.
  • Besides, Hyundai Electric has also introduced a dedicated Kona Electric fleet equipped with a power converter that will provide emergency charging support to its Koma customers. This service is only available in select cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.
  • Hyundai Electric is working alongside IOCL (Indian oil corporation limited) to develop an electric infrastructure at IOCL owned petrol pumps in metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.
  • For this, Hyundai is planning to invest in the equipment and installation of a single-port combined charging system (fast chargers). These CCS chargers can deliver 80% charge to the car battery in less than an hour.
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