Hyundai Kona Electric sets off for Everest base camp

Hyundai is undertaking the first zero emission drive to Everest base camp with the Kona Electric SUV. The car was flagged off from Lhasa, Tibet.

The 700 km long drive from Lhasa to the Everest base camp is being led by Padma Shree awardee and mountaineer Ajeet Bajaj. The Everest base camp is located at an altitude of around 17,000 feet and the car is expected to encounter temperature variations of up to -12 degrees.

The Kona Electric uses a 39.2 kWh battery that powers an electric motor that has an output of 134 BHP and 395 Nm. Hyundai claims that the car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 9.7 seconds, while the battery is said to offer an ARAI certified range of 452 km on a single charge.

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