Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 electric SUV is under the scanners of US road safety agencies, and several owners are said to be facing power outages. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation after nearly 40,000 Ioniq 5 EV owners reported losing power while driving. The investigation will look into the Ioniq 5 model that the South Korean auto giant produced last year.The electric SUV was launched in India in January during the Auto Expo 2023 at a price of ¥4.495 million (ex-showroom).
NHTSA has begun investigating the safety hazard. According to the automaker, the integrated charging control unit (ICCU) of the Ioniq 5 EV, which supplies power to the electric vehicle and the low-voltage 12-volt battery, may be behind the problem. Several Ioniq 5 owners complained that before they encountered a power outage, a warning sign would appear on the dashboard and make a loud popping sound. The agency’s initial investigation indicated that “excessive current flow within the device could damage the transistors and prevent the 12V battery from being charged.”
The South Korean automaker has assured that the issue will be resolved at no additional cost to customers. “We value our partnership with NHTSA and have had frequent, open and transparent conversations with the agency on this issue,” Hyundai said in a statement Monday.
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The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s flagship electric vehicle. Together with the Ioniq 6, the Ioniq 5 forms the South Korean auto giant’s new generation of electric vehicles, underpinned by Hyundai Motor Group’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), co-developed with Kia. In India, the Ioniq 5 electric SUV is equipped with a 72.6 kWh battery pack and has a range of 631 km (ARAI certified). A single PMS electric motor produces 214 bhp of power and 350 Nm of peak torque. Hyundai claims it can charge an EV from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes using a 350 kW DC charger.
First published date: Jun 20, 2023 at 09:41 AM CST