Hyundai Kona Electric sets Guinness World record for highest altitude reached by an electric car

The first fully made-in-India long-range electric vehicle was driven to an altitude of 5,731 meters to the Sawula Pass in Tibet.

S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India, and Rishi Nath, adjudicator, Guiness World Records.
S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India, and Rishi Nath, adjudicator, Guiness World Records.

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The Hyundai Kona Electric, the first fully made-in-India long-range electric SUV, was driven to an altitude of 5,731 meters to Sawula Pass in Tibet comfortably breaking the previous record of 5,715.28 meters altitude by an electric car.

S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India said, “Hyundai Kona Electric making to the prestigious Guinness World Records feat is a very proud moment for everyone and remarkable feat for HMIL. The Kona Electric has brought electric revolution by demolishing various myths about electric vehicle and is a true expression of Hyundai’s spirit of staying ahead of the curve. Under the Emission Impossible Mission, the Kona Electric has proved its mettle in the world’s toughest terrains without compromising its performance.”

He added, “The Kona Electric is the first long range SUV with 452 Kms/Charge (ARAI Certified) enhancing Indian customer confidence towards electric mobility. To avoid any range anxiety; customers will be provided with two chargers along with the car – A portable charger and an AC wall box charger. Additionally, in select cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai) a special Kona Electric fleet (Kona Electric to Kona Electric) fitted with power converter is providing emergency charging support to the customers. For customer convenience, all Hyundai Kona Electric selling dealerships are equipped with 7.2 kW AC charger to support customers.”

Rishi Nath, adjudicator, Guiness World Records, said, “A new precedent has been set for the record as – Highest Altitude reached in an electric car. I would like to congratulate Hyundai Motor India for having achieved this and setting new benchmark in the annals of history.”

During the expedition, the Kona Electric performed as a true SUV on harsh weather conditions like low temperatures, continuous snowfall and icy tarmacs. The electronic stability control (ESC) in Kona Electric ensured the stability of the vehicle handling in all road conditions.  During the entire drive duration, the Kona Electric was charged through the convenient portable chargers. The car was charged overnight with the standard portable charger provided along with the vehicle. No performance issues were found while climbing the peaks. While descending from peaks, the smart power regeneration system in the vehicle complimented the driving range.  

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