Highway safety agency reports power problems in 2022 Hyundai Ioniq5 SUVs

U.S. owners of Hyundai's Ioniq5 electric SUV have been experiencing battery fires, prompting an investigation by U.S. regulators.

DETROIT (AP). Several U.S. Hyundai Ioniq5 electric vehicles owners have reported that their vehicle has lost some or all of its propulsion power. Many of these complaints were made after hearing an audible popping noise.

The agency stated in

A notice posted on the internet

It received 30 complaints regarding the problem with 2022 models. Of these, it estimated that 39,500 were found on U.S. Highways.

The Office of Defects Investigation of the NHTSA opened a preliminary inquiry and said that Hyundai had indicated in an initial assessment that a power surge damaged transistors, preventing 12-volt batteries from being recharged.

The Associated Press contacted Hyundai by phone and email, but the spokesperson did not respond immediately. The Associated Press asked if there might be a recall of service due to complaints.

Battery recalls have been a technical problem for automakers as they continue to roll out electric vehicles globally in an effort to combat climate change. Jaguar recalled over 6,000 I-Pace SUVs from the U.S. last month due to a risk that the high-voltage batteries could catch fire.

Since February 2020, General Motors has issued recalls for Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai. Stellantis, Volkswagen, and Hyundai have also done so. The majority of these recalls are due to internal batteries that fail, increasing the risk of a fire.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigated a number of fires that occurred in Tesla vehicles. They concluded that the lithium-ion high-voltage batteries pose a safety risk to first responders following traumatic crashes.

Many governments are relying on EVs as a replacement for gasoline-burning cars that emit greenhouse gasses that cause global climate change.