TechTalk Gentari

Published on March 16th, 2023 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Gentari Invests In The Hyundai Kona EV Crossover

Looks like Gentari management wants to show their total commitment into the electric vehicle eco-system.

They are doing this by having only the most affordable electric vehicle in their fleet, the Kona EV which is priced from RM156k to RM208k.

This popular all-electric compact crossover features a completely closed off face, with only a lower functional air intake and vertical side vents breaking up the flush aesthetic up front.

Hence supposedly bringing it more in line with the clean style of EVs like the Teslas these days. Though Hyundai, curiously enough, still elected to stick with an asymmetric charging port up front which does kind of ruin that look if one stares at it long enough. 

This Kona Electric carries over the powertrain from its predecessor like-for-like, thus meaning that two all-electric flavours of the Kona are still available.


The basic short-range variant still maintains its 100 kW (136 PS) electric motor that is powered by a 39.2 kWh battery pack. 0-100 km/h for this version is done in just under 10 seconds and goes all the way up to 155 km/h, while the WLTP claimed range is an impressive 305 km. 

The long-range Kona Electric with its massive 64 kWh battery pack which powers a more powerful 150 kW (204 PS) electric motor is perhaps the more headline-grabbing variant however. Especially with its 0-100 km/h time in 7.9 seconds, a top speed of 167 km/h and most importantly a class-leading all-electric WLTP claimed range of 484 km. 

In case you are wondering, who is Gentari. Well, Gentari Sdn Bhd (GENTARI) was officially launched in September last by the then Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob following the GENTARI brand introduction in June 2022.

Interestingly, GENTARI is wholly owned by PETRONAS and this new company aims to become a one-stop integrated clean energy solutions provider, beginning with a suite of renewable energy, hydrogen and green mobility solutions for commercial, industrial, and retail customers.

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GENTARI will deliver 25,000 public charging points across key markets in Asia Pacific by 2030, with a mid-term target of up to 9,000 public charging points by 2026, anchoring its presence in Malaysia and India.

It is also offering Vehicle-as-a-Service (VaaS) solutions starting with Light-duty Electric Vehicles, as well as value-added services such as digital platforms, data analytics and advertising.

Until today, GENTARI has installed more than 220 charging points, and delivered a mix of over 250 electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers as part of its green mobility fleet in India and Malaysia.

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