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Hyundai to replace Kona EV batteries due to fire risk | Automotive Industry News

Hyundai Motor will switch the batteries in a lot more than twenty five,000 Kona electric powered motor vehicles (EVs) offered in South Korea thanks to the hazard of hearth, in accordance to a statement by the country’s ministry of land, infrastructure and transportation.

The automaker and its battery provider, LG Strength Remedy, have agreed to switch the overall battery technique on these motor vehicles immediately after their earlier response to the trouble proved to be insufficient to secure customers, the ministry mentioned.

Four months back, Hyundai recalled about seventy seven,000 Kona EVs to up grade the battery program in response to reports of fourteen battery related fires in South Korea and overseas. Several of the fires occurred whilst the batteries have been getting recharged.

The ministry verified that, setting up from 29 March, Hyundai would remember twenty five,083 Kona EVs offered in South Korea, made among September 2017 and July 2019, to switch lithium-ion batteries created by LG Strength Remedy.

The automaker will also remember one,314 Ioniq EVs and 302 Elec City buses geared up with LG Strength Remedy batteries made at the supplier’s Nanjing factory in China.

The ministry’s Korea Vehicle Screening & Investigate Institute (KATRI) mentioned in a preliminary report the battery pack fires may well have been caused by problems in their substantial voltage battery cells.