In its ongoing bid to promote electric vehicles, the central government has placed orders with Hyundai Motor Co for its Kona electric compact sports utility vehicle, reported Mint.
With a price tag of Rs 23.71 lakh post-government subsidies, Kona is almost twice the price of home-grown Tata Motors Ltd’s Tigor and Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd’s e-Verito electric sedans. However, Kona’s superior battery that generates 39.2 kilowatt hour (KWh) — compared to less than 20 kWh generated by Tigor and e-Verito — clinched the deal for the South Korean automaker.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), the government department in charge of procuring energy-efficient vehicles, had earlier faced issues with Tata and Mahindra’s offerings.
“Kona’s battery size is almost three times that of these other cars (Tigor and e-Verito). The running cost is just 40 paisa/km. It’s a brilliant car in terms of comfort and this is the beauty of EVs anyway," Mint quoted EESL managing director Saurabh Kumar as saying.
First Published: IST