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Hyundai to Trade All Kona EV Batteries After Fires

Hyundai is pondering changing the rechargeable batteries of all Kona electrical automobiles sold up to now after a spate of engine fires as the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport competes a probe this month.

Fifteen fires beget been reported since Could 2018. On Monday, an electrical Hyundai bus furthermore caught fire in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province. It turned into as soon as the first time that a Hyundai EV burst into flames whereas being driven, and the bus turned into as soon as powered by the similar form of battery made by LG Vitality Resolution as the Kona.

Firefighters do out a burning Hyundai electrical bus in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province on Monday.

The Kona is Hyundai’s flagship EV with home and in a foreign nation sales totaling 160,000 automobiles.

Hyundai is already preparing a voluntary purchase and is pondering including 10,000 Ioniq EVs and an complete bunch of electrical buses on top of 77,000 Konas manufactured since September 2017.

The blueprint is to salvage to the bottom of all disputes about the Kona earlier than the originate of the fresh Ioniq 5 electrical SUV next week.

LG by difference hopes to purchase most effective 26,000 domestically sold EVs and claims the fires are the of “just a few causes.”

Hyundai will split the costs of recollects with LG. Nonetheless they’re forecast to determine one or two years this skill that of a world shortage of rechargeable batteries.

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