Hyundai will end domestic sales of Kona electric vehicles after recalls: reports

South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co will end domestic sales of its best-selling electric vehicle (EV), the Kona EV, after a series of fires and faulty brake systems resulted in mass recalls, local media reported on Friday.

Cable news channel YTN said Hyundai is looking into the end of Kona EV sales in South Korea, while the JoongAng Daily quoted an unidentified source saying sales will continue in Europe.

The Kona EV is among the best-selling electric vehicles in Europe. Sales of the model outside the domestic market account for more than three quarters of the total.

Hyundai declined to confirm the reports, but told Reuters, “We are examining various options as we prepare to launch the Ioniq 5 midsize crossover electric vehicle.”

In October, Hyundai recalled Kona electric vehicles in South Korea due to the risk of a short circuit likely caused by the faulty manufacturing of the high voltage battery cells.

The recall, which includes software updates and battery replacements after inspections, affects 25,564 Kona electric vehicles built from September 2017 to March 2020.

Hyundai also recalled 50,864 Kona EV and Nexo fuel cell vehicles in South Korea due to faulty electronic braking systems.

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