Hyundai is reportedly preparing to recall 77,000 Kona electric cars worldwide due to a battery fire.
Last summer, a Hyundai Kona EV catches fire inside a garage Near Montreal in Canada.
Since then, there have been about a dozen Kona EV fires – prompting an investigation into the matter.
During an official investigation into the matter in Korea, Hyundai claimed to have discovered the problem (via Korea Times):
“During a national assembly audit on Thursday, Hyundai Motor chief Xiao Bo-shin, who is in charge of quality control, said the company” acknowledges the defects in the vehicles “and has” found a solution “to fix the defects.” “
However, different reports come to different conclusions.
One blames the battery cells and the other concludes that it is related to the battery pack:
“The separator in the battery cell is damaged due to errors in the manufacturing process,” the ministry said, indicating that LG Chem’s battery cell may have caused the fire. The National Forensic Service also came to a similar conclusion that “electrical problems in the battery pack assembly” are thought to have caused the fire. “
The battery pack of the Kona EV is made by HL Green Power; A joint venture between Hyundai Mobis and LG Chem, where the latter builds battery cells and the former integrates battery packs.
LG Cem denies that the cause is battery cells.
Hyundai has already confirmed that more than 25,000 Kona EVs have been voluntarily offered in Korea, and now the recall is expected to exceed 77,000. Most vehicles around the world, including North America, are in Europe.
Gona EV owners must comply with the official notification by the NHDSA.
There is no statistical evidence that electric vehicles catch fire at a higher rate than petrol-powered vehicles. More than 200,000 petrol-vehicle fires are reported each year in the United States alone.
However, as electric vehicles represent emerging technology, there is a lot of caution around the technology and more interest when such incidents occur.
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