Hyundai Motor India, one of the country's leading manufacturers of four-wheelers, has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Shell India Markets Private Limited to expand its end-to-end EV (electric vehicle) charging infrastructure in India and help encourage more people to transition to cleaner mobility. The collaboration between Hyundai and Shell will result in the installation of 60kW DC fast chargers at 36 of Hyundai's EV dealerships in India, a significant step toward the adoption of electric vehicles. And if feasible, Shell India will also consider installing 120kW DC fast chargers in place of 60kW DC chargers, as per the official press release.
The signing ceremony took place in Gurugram (Haryana) in the presence of Mr. Jae Wan Ryu, Executive Director at Hyundai Motor India Limited, and Mr. Sanjay Varkey, Director, Shell India Markets Private Limited.
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Sharing his thoughts on this association, Mr. Sanjay Varkey said, "As a solution-driven and customer-centric organization, our effort is to offer integrated mobility solutions, including convenience retail, enhancing the overall journey for our customers, and meeting the growing demand for electric mobility. Our strategic partnership with Hyundai Motors India Limited aims to improve the charging infrastructure for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) in India by offering easy access and dynamic availability for a safe, reliable, and seamless charging experience."
EV Charging Infrastructure: Benefits
In addition, the agreement will also allow Hyundai EV customers to avail special benefits on EV charging across the company's network of dealerships. Currently, Hyundai has a network of 72 EV dealers across 45 cities. In line with its expansion plan, Hyundai already established public EV charging stations in Phase 1 itself across EV dealerships. And Phase 2, which has begun in partnership with the global energy company, aims at installing 60/120kW DC fast chargers across 36 dealerships in India. This collaboration, the automobile manufacturer said, will deliver a hassle-free, reliable, and fast & safe charging experience through innovative, customer-centric hardware solutions.
Through this partnership, Shell India's network of chargers will be available in CMS (charger management systems) along with Hyundai's own chargers and those from third-party charge point operators. The Hyundai CMS is an open platform enabling EV customers to avail seamless EV charging experience.
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New-generation Hyundai Kona Electric Unveiled Globally in March 2023
As of now, the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 make up the company's EV line-up in India. Launched in 2019 in our market, the all-electric Kona is driven by a Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM), which draws its power from a 39.2kWh battery pack. The vehicle delivers 134bhp & 395Nm of torque and can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 9.7 seconds. It has an ARAI-certified driving range of 452km.
In March 2023, the carmaker held a digital world premiere to reveal the brand-new Kona EV. The 2023 Kona electric gets two powertrain options for its standard range and long range. The former has a 48.4kWh battery and an electric motor, generating 153bhp of maximum power and 250Nm of peak torque. While the latter receives a larger 65.4kWh battery, which powers an electric motor with peak power and torque of 215bhp and 255Nm, respectively. The electric SUV has a claimed range of up to 490 kilometre on the WLTP cycle.
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