Tuesday, October 19

US authorities sound the alarm after several fires


80,000 Hyundai Kona are affected by a recall campaign in the USA, after a dozen cases of batteries which caught fire. The advice is given by the American security agency in charge of road safety: do not bring it into the garage, leave your Kona outside.

Hyundai Kona electric

The Hyundai Kona electric has an Ionity terminal // Gamesdone: Yann Lethuillier for Frandroid

We told you about it a few months ago, Hyundai’s Kona Electric was affected by a recall campaign in South Korea where some models equipped with LG batteries had caught fire. It is now the turn of the United States to carry out a recall campaign involving around 82,000 vehicles.

An estimated cost of $ 900 million

To solve this problem of batteries that can catch on fire, Hyundai has no other solution than to go ahead and recall all potentially affected vehicles. The operation is expected to cost the automaker around $ 900 million, a tidy sum needed to ensure that the risk of sudden fire from the battery pack will be a thing of the past.

Batteries manufactured by LG are not only found in the Hyundai Kona Electric, but also in Volkswagen Group vehicles, and even more recently in Tesla Model 3. If Hyundai is the latest manufacturer to launch a recall procedure, this is not unheard of in the world of electric vehicles.

After the Audi e-Tron last year, Chinese automaker Nio was also forced to bring back 5,000 electric SUVs to change the battery pack after a few reported fire cases.

Electric vehicles that do not burn more than thermals

If the repeated reminders from several manufacturers may suggest that electric vehicles have a tendency to catch fire a little too marked, it seems necessary to remember that this is not less rare for combustion vehicles. The difference is that in most cases, electric vehicle fires receive more media coverage.

In addition, firefighters and other emergency services have special training in electric vehicles, because in the case of batteries that catch fire, the methods of containing and stopping the fire are very different from traditional techniques.

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