Hyundai Ready To Invade Domestic EV Market With Its Electric SUV Launch

    The Indian arm of South Korean-based automaker Hyundai Motor Group—Hyundai Motor India (HMIL)—is ready to march into the country’s EVs market by launching its electric SUV Kona within a few days. This coming SUV is likely to boom the desire for EVs in India, as it would be the first full-blown electric vehicle launched by one of the leading automakers in the domestic market. The company claims that the power storage and efficiency of Kona’s batteries are much better than the existing EV batteries. Moreover, the time required for charging Kona’s battery is equivalent to the time taken by a smartphone to charge.

    According to the information received from some sources, the international Hyundai Kona would arrive in two variants: one with an installed battery of 39.2 kWh and other with 64.0 kWh. The model with 39.2 kWh-installed batteries would generate power of 136 HP, the driving range of around 194 Miles on a single charge, and a top speed of around 96 Mph. The premium model would generate power of 204 HP, the driving range of nearly 300 Miles, and a maximum speed of around 104 Mph.

    On a similar note, Hyundai Motor Group is keeping an eye on potential markets, such as India. The automaker has recently revealed a novel engine technology— CVVD (continuously variable valve duration)—to be featured in the upcoming Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

    According to Hyundai, CVVD technology could improve fuel efficiency by 5% and enhance engine performance by 4%. Moreover, the technology seems to be environment-friendly, by cutting the emission rate by almost 12%.

    Until now, the combustion engines are based on variable valve control technology, which regulates the valve’s opening depth and its opening and closing time. However, the new technology could not only regulate the valve opening and closing time—continuously variable valve timing (CVVT)—but also allows the intake valve to open from the middle to the end of stroke—continuously variable valve lift (CVVL).

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