Potential battery fire in cell system, Hyundai to recall lakhs of Kona EVs

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Author :Finance Desk
Last Updated: Mon, Oct 12th, 2020, 11:37:25hrs
Kona Electric Vehicle EV

Seoul: A potential flaw in the battery of Kona Electric Vehicles (EV) has resulted in Hyundai Motor Co seeking a recall.

On Sunday, South Korean news agency Yonhap, announced news related to Hyundai's recall of its electric variants.

Hyundai is expected to recall at least 77,000 Kona Electric models.

These models were reportedly manufactured between September 2017 and March, 2020.

Since 2018, the Kona model has been involved in 13 mishaps which saw the battery component catching fire.

The South Korean automaker already decided to recall 25,564 Kona electric vehicles (EVs) sold in the domestic market after South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport pointed out of a possible short circuit in the faulty battery cell system. The cell system may ignite a faulty spark in the pure EV model.

Hyundai's US unit reportedly filed its recall plan to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently.

Hyundai reportedly plans to recall more than 11,000 units of Kona Electric in North America and more than 37,000 units in Europe, as well as 3,000 units sold in other countries, industry sources said.

In South Korea, the carmaker will start updating the battery-related software programme for the EV vehicles subject to the recall from Friday and replacing the battery system.

Hyundai is expected to offer similar services overseas.

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. launched Kona Electric in July last year.

Meanwhile, LG Chem Ltd., which supplies lithium ion car batteries to Hyundai Motor, has rebutted the transport ministry's findings, saying that the exact cause of the recent fires in the Kona Electric car has yet to be determined and that the company will jointly investigate with Hyundai on the cause of the incidents.