Opel and Hyundai electric cars to be recalled due to dangerous LG Chem batteries
|This month, General Motors Corporation was forced to recall more than 68 thousand Chevrolet Bolt EV electric vehicles due to the possibility of ignition of traction batteries manufactured by LG Chem, and as a temporary solution, a software update was released that limits the charge level to 90% of full. Opel and Hyundai electric cars also came under review due to Korean batteries. |
This is reported by Business Korea with reference to European media. The fact is that the Opel Ampera-e electric cars were developed before 2017, when the brand was part of the General Motors Corporation. In fact, the Opel Ampera-e is an adapted version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV for the European market, so these electric cars also inherited battery problems. Now the Opel brand belongs to the French concern Group PSA, the new owners are forced to announce the recall of 550 Opel Ampera-e electric vehicles produced between 2017 and 2020.
In early November, one case of fire was registered in Europe for an Opel Ampera-e electric car, so the party decided to withdraw the cars. General Motors, which is more affected by this defect, is not yet ready to name the cause of fires in LG Chem traction batteries used by these electric vehicles. In South Korea, a recall of Hyundai Kona EV electric vehicles, which are also equipped with LG Chem traction batteries, has been announced.
You can't say that battery problems only occur in electric vehicles equipped with LG Chem batteries. In Europe in September, seven cases of fire were registered for Ford plug-in hybrids equipped with Samsung SDI batteries. The company even delayed the launch of the Ford Escape plug-in hybrid, which comes with similar batteries, to the us market.
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