Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) has announced a recall for the Kona Electric SUV to inspect possible electrical deficiencies in the battery system of the car. A total of 456 units of the Kona EV is affected by the recall which were manufactured between 1st April 2019, and 31st October 2020.
The recall is perhaps due to the reports from Korea, where faulty cells caught fire. However, in international markets, the Kona Electric is available with two battery pack choices: 39.2kWh and 64kWh, whereas its Indian version comes with the former battery pack.
The brand will soon make contact with the owners of the affected models to bring their vehicles for inspection at the authorized service station and if required, the defective component will be changed without any charges.
About Hyundai Kona Electric
The 5-seater Hyundai Kona Electric is a pure electric compact SUV that came to our shore via the CBU route in January 2020. It was the first long-range electric offering in our country and is priced from Rs 23.75 lakh to Rs 23.94 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
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The Kona Electric comes with a 39.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is mated to a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM), that produces a maximum output of 136PS/395Nm. On a full charge, it delivers an ARAI-tested range of 452 km. It is compatible with a 50KW fast charger that can energize the battery from 0-80% in just 57 minutes. The brand offers a 7.2kW AC wall-box charger with this car for home installation, and it takes approximately 6 hours for a full charge. It also gets a portable 2.8kW charger that can be plugged into a regular wall socket and takes around 19 hours.
As far as the features are concerned, this electrified SUV comes equipped with LED bi-functional headlights, LED DRLs, LED taillamp, 17-inch alloy wheels, electric sunroof, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, ventilated front seats, 10-way adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, wireless charging pad, cruiser control, regenerative braking, and four driving modes: Eco, Eco+, Comfort and Sport.
In the Indian market, the Hyundai Kona Electric rivals the MG ZS EV, which is priced between Rs 20.88 lakh and Rs 23.58 Lakh (ex-showroom). Meanwhile, the Tata Nexon EV sub-4m SUV can be considered as its less expensive alternative, priced from Rs 13.99 lakh to Rs 16.25 lakh (ex-showroom).