Hyundai Motor has decided to change all the batteries for the Kona electric car, which is causing a fire while charging.

However, as the cause of the fire continues to be held responsible, the problem of cost burden is holding back.

This is Han Sang-woo.


Since July 2019, Hyundai Kona electric vehicles in Korea have been on fire 11 times while charging.

If you include overseas, it is number 15.

Hyundai Motor Company implemented the first recall in October last year and upgraded the battery management system that manages the current and voltage of electric vehicle batteries to find defective cells.

However, the fire continued, and on the 23rd of last month, a vehicle that was recalled in Daegu also caught fire.

[Kona electric car driver: There is no law that it is not my car.

Even after receiving a recall, it catches fire, so I'm always anxious about how to keep burning it or whether it should be stopped.] As

consumer anxiety grew, Hyundai Motor Company caught up with changing all the nose and batteries.

77,000 units produced from September 2017 to March last year are eligible.

However, when it comes to the cause of the fire, Hyundai Motor Company and LG Energy Solution are still parallel.

Hyundai Motors is arguing that the battery cell defect that the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Land pointed out at the time of the first recall was the cause of the fire, and LG is arguing that it has not reached a conclusion.

Since Hyundai Motor Group manufactures battery packs and management systems, and LG manufactures battery cells, the investigation of the cause of the fire is the criterion for determining who will pay the replacement cost of KRW 1 trillion.

The announcement of the cause of the fire by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has been delayed as the two companies' nervous warfare is fierce and a burdensome decision to discuss K-battery competitiveness.

Eventually, if the cause of the fire is identified and the two companies do not agree, the timing of battery replacement is unclear, and the anxiety of Kona drivers will continue.

(Video editing: Seungyeol Lee)