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Hyundai recalls electric cars due to battery fire risk

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai will recall 82,000 electric cars globally in order to replace their battery packs due to a fire risk.

The issue primarily affects the Kona Electric model, with an estimated 75,000 vehicles expected to get a new battery pack, as well as the Ioniq Electric.

There have been 15 cases of fires involving the Kona Electric, according to Reuters.

The number of vehicles to be recalled in the UK is yet to be confirmed, but in October 2020 1,672 Kona Electrics were recalled in the UK in order to have a software updated applied to their battery management system.

A statement issued by Hyundai said: “Hyundai Motor Company has decided to voluntarily recall certain Kona Electric, Ioniq EV, and Elec City vehicles in Korea for battery system assembly replacements. The issue is being investigated by the company, including to establish the situation in relation to the models sold in Europe.”

LG Energy Solution, a division of LG Chem which manufactures the batteries, claims that Hyundai misapplied its suggestions for “fast-charging logic in the battery management system”, and says the battery cell “should not be seen as the direct cause of the fire risks”.

The car maker and battery supplier are reported to be negotiating over how the estimated £638m cost of the recall will be split between the companies.

Kia models, such as the Niro EV and Soul EV, which share similar architecture are unaffected by the recall as they use battery packs manufactured by SK Innovation.

In late 2020, Ford and BMW were forced to recall a number of plug-in hybrid models due to a battery fire risk. Those batteries were made by a different supplier to Hyundai's.

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  • Tom - 04/03/2021 21:24

    I have read that Kona e.v's ,manufactured after March 2020 don't need batteries to be replaced. Does anyone know what change was made to the battery in Mar.20 to make it exempt from any recall.

  • Paul - 01/04/2021 07:50

    Tom - the charging system was redesigned in order to support the newer high current charging points, primarily for even faster recharge at commercial charging stations.

  • Sheffield1 - 04/10/2021 09:51

    Hyundai have asked all Kona affected vehicle owners to change the charging settings to limit the charging to 90% of full capacity- this was done in April this year. A more recent advice from Hyundai dated 27 September says that vehicle will be recalled for battery pack replacement between October 2021 and October 2022. They have so far issued 2 £30 vouchers for their charging scheme to compensate for the reduced battery capacity.

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