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Hyundai receives order for 100 Kona EVs from EESL

Simran Rastogi  | Updated: September 03, 2020, 04:22 PM IST

Hyundai Motor India Limited has received an order for 100 units of the Kona EV from EESL, or Energy Efficiency Services Limited, in continuation of the 10 units ordered in 2019 as a pilot project for sustainable mobility. With this order, the Kona EV becomes the brand of choice for the joint venture of PSUs under the Indian Government for the first lot in its tender.

The order comes as a part of a larger order of 250 cars that the EESL floated a tender for earlier this year, towards deployment in government offices around the country. The order has been split into two parts – the first lot having cars over 4m in length and with 300km of driving range, with the second lot to be made up of EVs under 4m in length and with a range of at least 250km. As for the criteria for bidding, it is reported that the bidder (no country restrictions) should have been in the business of manufacturing automobiles (internal combustion or electric) for the past three financial years, and have manufactured, tested and supplied a minimum of 400 vehicles (either internal combustion or electric) in the last three years.

As for the Kona EV, India's first electric SUV, the details you need to know include its 452km ARAI-certified driving range on a single charge, courtesy its 39.2kWh battery pack. The near-4.2m long Kona EV also accelerates from 0-100kmph in 9.7 seconds (claimed) being powered by a 136PS/394Nm electric motor, and will charge its batteries from zero to full in 6 hours 10 minutes using an AC charger. When charged using a DC 50kW charger, that number drops to 57 minutes. Head here for our driving impressions of the Hyundai Kona EV. A Kona EV, equipped with the larger 64kWh battery pack also recently set a record for travelling 1,206km on a single charge, aside from entering itself into the record books as the EV that travelled to the highest altitude, having made it to the 5,731m high Sawula Pass in Tibet.

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