Hyundai has announced that it will call for an electric vehicle recall that may be the biggest ever. The Korean automaker will replace batteries about 82.000 vehicles due to fire risk.

South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport informed in a report that the recall will include three models, with 75.680 units of the SUV Kona, 5.716 of Ioniq and 305 from the Elec City bus. A unit of the latter caught fire on the last day 15 while returning to the garage after an inspection.


Battery replacement should begin on March 29. A portion of the vehicles are in South Korea, but most of the units are abroad, the exported cars and buses were produced between November 2017 and March 2020.

According to the automaker, there is no battery problem in newly produced vehicles or those that are in dealerships or in Hyundai Kona that are produced in the Czech Republic for the European market, since the batteries in these units are produced in another factory.

An important guideline for vehicle owners involved in the recall is not to charge their car batteries beyond 90% of capacity.

But whose fault is it?

Illustrative image of a Hyundai Kona
Hyundai Kona is one of the models to be collected. Credit: Huyndai / Disclosure

The total cost of the recall was estimated at 1 trillion South Korean won (about R $ 4,7 billion), but it is not yet known who will bear these costs. This is because Hyundai and LG Energy Solution, the battery supplier, are still investigating who is responsible for the problem. 

On the one hand, LG claims that the problem was caused by errors in the configuration of the BMS, which was designed by Hyundai Kefico. The automaker, on the other hand, claims that the fault is LG's, since the smallest recall was called to correct this error, but the problems persisted. 

In addition, Hyundai argues that 68.677 units of the Chevrolet Bolt, which have a slightly similar battery provided by LG Energy Solution, also needed to be collected. 

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