It looks like Electric cars are already proving their point in India. A Hyundai Kona’s service bill in India after a year has come to just INR 1,043. Twitter.com user Arun Bhat Saravu has shared the yearly service bill of his Hyundai Kona Electric which once again proves how EVs are really low on the maintenance.
Excluding the repair costs like tyre puncture repair and tubeless repair seals as well as the item under ‘sale consumable’, the only remaining costs are INR 155.46 (before labour & taxes) for the 25 g grease caliper guide rod and the INR 200 for hygiene care.
Last year, the same Hyundai Kona Electric owner had given his unit for service at 10,000 km. That bill that was shared on Tesla Club India clearly showed a total payable of Rs.0. 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. Due to regenerative braking, the wear on the brake pads is far less.
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.
The Hyundai Kona is a CKD, the kits come from South Korea and recently the Indian subsidiary began localizing a few plastic parts of the car. The 2021 Hyundai Kona is expected to bring in a bigger infotainment system along with other improvements. Watch out for Hyundai India’s mass-market electric vehicle in 2022.