Hyundai is Making Moves Towards a Massive Battery Replacement Effort

A new report from Korean news outlet Aju News is suggesting that Hyundai is about to enter into an agreement with Korea’s Domestic Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport to recall three electric vehicle battery systems made by LG. The models included in the recall are the Kona Electric, Ioniq Electric, electric buses, and possibly the Ioniq PHEV.

Although it has not been confirmed yet, the publication suggests that Hyundai and the Ministry are planning to announce a voluntary recall by February 19th. If true, the recall could work to replace battery cells in all the vehicles mentioned above. The report also noted that the automaker is considering replacing LG cells with SK Innovation cells. However, the International Trade Commission’s recent ban on SK Innovation battery cell and module imports in the US might affect this decision.

After several unexpected fires, Hyundai planned on replacing the Kona Electric’s battery cells. The fact that some of Hyundai’s other vehicles are equipped with the same cells and systems that are raising issues in the Kona, the recall was expected to become more widespread. Now, Aju News is reporting that LG could be responsible for funding two-thirds of the replacement.

No other information was given at this time. The Next Avenue will update this article as more specific details, scope, and cost of the recall are released.

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