Hyundai Kona Electric Explodes in Garage; Prompts Swift Investigation

By Debarati Dasgupta Sat, 3 Aug 2019
Hyundai Kona Electric Explodes in Garage; Prompts Swift Investigation

Hyundai Kona Electric Explodes in Garage; Prompts Swift Investigation

The all-electric version of the Hyundai Kona reportedly exploded in an owner’s garage in Montreal, Canada, thus prompting an investigation by the automaker. According to the owner, the Hyundai Kona Electric was parked in his garage when the incident happened and was unplugged from the charging point. The blast blew the garage door off in the process, while also leaving the roof partially destroyed. Local firefighters managed to douse the fire and no one was injured.

Hyundai Kona Electric Explodes in Garage; Prompts Swift Investigation

Following this incident, Hyundai Canada has launched an investigation into the car that was purchased in March this year. There is still confusion regarding whether the car was plugged or not, the cause of the incident is yet unknown. In a statement to Automotive News Canada, Hyundai Canada spokesperson Jean-Francois Taylor stated, “We have indeed been in contact with the customer. We are working with authorities and fire investigators in Montreal to understand the root cause of the incident, as this is not yet known. As is always the case, the safety of our customers is our priority and we will push to fully understand the issue as quickly as possible.”

Electric cars are the rage world over. Even in India, the government offered several subsidies to encourage consumers. The GST council has decreased GST on electric vehicles by 5% from 12% and the GST on EV chargers to 5% from 18%. The new rates have been effectively applied from August 01 which has resulted in price decline for several Electronic vehicles. This meant that the Kona Electric, which was launched in the country for Rs. 25.30Lakhs, has become cheaper with the new rate standing at Rs. 23.71Lakhs.

An electric vehicle catching fire is quite common, though. According to report by electric carmaker Tesla’s safety report for 2019, its cars are eight times less likely to catch a fire when compared to a standard vehicle. However, Tesla did report a fire incident in Shanghai due to a faulty battery module in January this year, while carmaker NIO recalled 4803 units of its EVs in China after fire-related incidents in May, 2019. Mitsubishi had also stopped production of the Outlander plug-in hybrid crossover in 2013 after the lithium-ion battery melted in one of the cars at a dealership and another caught fire at the plant.

This is, however, the first incident of the Hyundai Kona Electric catching fire. We hope to receive a more detailed report on the cause very soon, though.

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