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Seoul, Oct 15: Carmaker Hyundai is developing a crossover sports utility vehicle (SUV) named Kona and the electric vehicle (EV) is reportedly ready to hit the road.

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While industry stalwarts like Ford and startups like Tesla dominate the conversation around the future of the EV market, Hyundai is out here quietly developing the crossover SUV that can travel farther on a single charge — 258 miles, to be precise — than any other electric vehicle on the market, Engadget reported on Monday.

The Kona Electric has a 64KWH lithium-ion polymer battery pack delivering 258 miles per charge.

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Notably, this make it the longest-range non-luxury EV, beating the likes of the Chevrolet Bolt EV (238 miles) and Nissan Leaf (151 miles) — and even Hyundai’s own Ioniq Electric (124 miles).

The Kona Electric or Kona EV is, unsurprisingly, based on the existing Hyundai Kona gas-powered platform.

“The exterior stylings are virtually identical, with the EV just 0.6-inches longer and 0.2 inches taller. The two models also share the same trio of trim packages. You’ve got the base SEL, then Limited and Ultimate,” the report added.

The SUV would be available in six colours, two of which are exclusive to the electric model.

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Northern Railway gets its first high speed locomotive

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New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) The Northern Railway on Tuesday received its first aerodynamically designed passenger electric locomotive capable of running at 200 kmph, an official said.

“The first aerodynamically designed three-phase WAP-5 passenger electric locomotive built by the Chittaranjan Locomotive Works has been introduced in service in Northern Railway today,” a senior rail official told IANS.

The official said the new locomotive comes with improved aerodynamics and has an ergonomic design, which also takes care of the driver’s comfort and safety.

The new locomotive will be used to power premium trains like Rajdhani Express, Gatiman Express, and Shatabdi Express, which would slash the travel time for these trains, the official said.

“The new locomotive front design has a more aerodynamic shape to reduce drag at higher speeds. And the revamped suspension system would ensure that there are no undue vibrations due to air drag and the train is dynamically stable even at speeds of 200 kmph.”

The WAP-5 variant, with 5,400 HP of power, is energy efficient and stable for high speed operations. It has also been provided with Crew Voice and Video Recording System (CVVRS) for on-board driving data recording and analysis.

“Cameras with microphones have been installed at the critical positions inside and outside the locomotive to record the voice and audio signals for post-event analysis with data storing facilities,” the official said.

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Tata Motors rolls out its first SUV ‘Harrier’

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Mumbai, Oct 30 : Automobile major Tata Motors on Tuesday announced the roll-out of its first SUV “Harrier” from its all-new manufacturing line.

“Tata Harrier needed a completely new approach to product development and manufacturing processes,” the company said in a statement.

“The completely new world-class assembly line has been built in a record time of six months with the best manufacturing practices adopted from Jaguar Land Rover. It boasts of 90 per cent automation levels with over 100+ ‘KUKA and ABB’ robots.”

The five-seater monocoque SUV is engineered on the new generation “Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced” architecture, which is derived from Land Rover “D8” architecture and developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover.

Tata Motors plans to the launch the SUV early 2019.

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Local manufacturing of Jaguar’s petrol ‘F-PACE’ commenced

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Mumbai, Oct 30 (IANS) Luxury automobile manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover India (JLRIL) has commenced the local manufacturing of petrol powered Jaguar’s SUV “F-PACE”, priced at Rs 63.17 lakh (ex-showroom).

“In the two years since its launch in India, the Jaguar ‘F-PACE’ has captivated the imagination of Jaguar fans and our discerning customers,” Rohit Suri, President and Managing Director, JLRIL was quoted as saying in a statement.

“With the launch of the locally manufactured Ingenium petrol derivative of the ‘F-PACE’, the appeal of our first Jaguar SUV is further enhanced,” it added.

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