January 21: Hyundai's electric Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) Kona has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for achieving the feat of becoming the first electric SUV to drive to an altitude of 5,731 meters to Sawula Pass in Tibet. In doing so, Kona shattered the previous record of 5,715.28 meters set by another electric car.
The company said in a statement that Kona has brought a revolution by demolishing various myths about electric vehicles by achieving such a feat.
“Under the Emission Impossible Mission, Kona has proved its mettle in the world’s toughest terrains without compromising its performance,” the statement added.
With the latest achievement, Kona has proven itself as a truly reliable electric vehicle in extreme conditions, the statement further said.
“During the expedition, 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. Technology and performance hand-in-hand made this green car a true performer and record making first electric vehicle to reach the highest altitude.”
During the entire drive duration, the Kona Electric was charged through convenient portable chargers, according to the company.
The company claimed that 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.
The conquest personifies Kona EV’s powerful performance and assurance of its range and capability to outperform in any weather condition across extreme geographies and demographics, the statement said.