Finally, Hyundai Motor has launched India’s very first electric SUV this summer. It comes with an unconventional TV commercial encouraging most of the audience to “Drive Into The Future”. In the course of a few months, the automation has been lonesome in the venture. Where there are nearly 150 million drivers in India, only 130 Kona SUVs were sold. And this has been the latest updated for August 2019.
This snail crawling has been a mark of difficulty for carmakers in the establishment of the electric step in the 4th biggest auto market. Even though they have been acquiring the government’s support, the process is pretty slow.
Selling for about $35000, a mediocre India earns nearly about $2000 per year. And purchasing the best gas guzzler is going to be $4000. Hyundai’s Kona has the ticking conversation why EVs are not fetching traction in India. Coming to the latest car news India, the conversation also includes lack of charging infrastructure. Also, there is a hindrance by bands to finance the purchase and unsurely among governments to make use of EVs as showcased.
Hardly 8000 EVs got sold locally in 6 years now. As per the data acquired through top-notch sources for the latest car news, China has been selling much more in just 2 days.
Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India, one of the leading makes of sales leader Alto, R.C Bhargava quoted that the cost-effectiveness of the electric cars in India has not been up to the mark. The government or the car brands least expect the upgrade of the electric vehicles in the next 2 years.
The statement of the same is not making the proper ride even after the government has commenced on the promotion of cleaner vehicles. This year in February, PM Narendra Modi’s administration has been committed to investing $1.4 billion in subsidies, infrastructure and publicity. The potentiality of India’s EV market cannot be ignored.
At the time of Auto Expo 2018 in New Delhi, brands have been pin-pointing that India has been lacking the charging points. This is in terms of refuelling depleted batteries. It terms for a major setback for the upliftment of electric cars globally.
Brands like Tata Motors and Mahindra base up electric cars restricting to limited availability or only for government use. On the other hand, Hyundai’s Kona paves for a better benediction where EVs formulated 28% of new vehicle sales by the end of 2040. And this has been acquiring through the thorough research and study of BNEF.
In Asia’s 3rd largest economy, Hyundai sees a future in this venture. Also, brands like SAIC Motor and Nissan Motor are looking forward to the expansion of the same. Rajeev Chaba, managing director of MG Motor India plans to take the lead in launching electric SUV by the next year.
At present, consumers are moving for bigger, longer-range and cheaper gar intakers. This has been mentioned by the vice president of the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association, Mr Vinkesh Gulati. More than half of the car connoisseurs sold passenger vehicles in India last year. The range has been costing to USD 8000 as per BNEF.
Is it going to tough achieving a market for electric cars?
Electric cars are running slow in popularity in comparison with gasoline-powered cars. And this could even exist until the 2030s. Mr Gulati quotes that car fanatics are highly interested to own an electric car but take the back step when it comes to the price. Again, when it comes to Kona, plugging becomes a restriction.
As for Nidhi Maheswary, a 40-year-old finance professional working near New Delhi, she wanted to set an example to her children. It is about bringing a change in the environment. So, right when Kona launched, she ordered one. But the venture is troublesome. She got into a glitch with the neighbours about sharing the SUV in her building’s basement lot. The alarmed of the fire risk, even when the Hyundai engineers ensured it to be safe.
And that led her to charge her car in their office after the hefty tiff with her neighbours. The brand is offering 2 small chargers with Kona which might last to 19 hours. As for in India, the estimating charging stations for cars and SUVs in 2018 is 650, as per sources.
Utsha Roy is an aspiring writer who has been gaining knowledge on various genres. Delving into the different cars and gadget news, she has also engaged herself into showcasing latest vehicles and gadgets news and reviews over Autonmobiles.com
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