Following a dotted series of Hyundai will recall the Kona Electric for all-out battery replacements. Reuters reported on the upcoming recall Wednesday, which will cost $900 million to execute. The sum makes it the most expensive recall involving an EV so far. Swapping out batteries isn't cheap, friends.and investigations in various countries, South Korean automaker
Hyundai confirmed the recall with Roadshow and noted specific announcements for various countries will come in the near future. The recall will first start in South Korea. "The decision reflects findings from an investigation led by the Korean government, which has revealed the possibility of short circuits in certain defective battery cells produced in LG Energy Solution's Nanjing plant leading to fires," the company said in a statement. The is also included, as is the Elec City bus, Hyundai confirmed.
LG Chem did not immediately return Roadshow's request for comment on the recall, which covers 82,000 vehicles around the world. According to Reuters, the battery maker and automaker are currently hashing out a deal to split the $900 million cost associated with completely replacing batteries for the EVs.
Hyundai previously confirmed with Roadshow awas forthcoming, though it's understood it was largely meant to update battery software. Some cars may have received new battery packs, but it sounds like this recall will cover the main issue with replacement covered by the companies at no cost to owners.
It's not clear if this news will push back the arrival of the updatedhere in the US, which is scheduled to arrive at dealers this spring. The refreshed EV boasts an updated design, but its electric powertrain continues unchanged. A report from this past Dec. mentioned the automaker altogether.