Hyundai investigating Kona Electric explosion

A Canadian Hyundai Kona Electric is the latest battery-powered vehicle to spontaneously combust, with Hyundai investigating the cause.
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Hyundai is investigating why a parked Kona Electric exploded while in a Canadian garage.

The pure-electric SUV was sitting unplugged in the garage when its owner noticed clouds of dark smoke coming from the garage. The five-month old Kona Electric then exploded – blowing the garage door off in the progress, and damaging the neighbouring property.

Firefighters found no obvious ignition sources in the garage, suggesting the car spontaneously exploded.

“It was a fully electric vehicle, and there was nothing around that could have caused the explosion,” Louise Desrosiers from the Montreal Fire Service told media.

The Kona Electric isn't the first EV to explode this year. A Tesla Model S was caught on camera smoking, and then bursting into flames in China during April, while a Jaguar I-Pace in Holland caught fire while sitting in an owner's driveway.

Hyundai says it's looking into what caused the explosion, but hasn't reached any conclusions just yet.

"Hyundai Motor is working with authorities and fire investigators in Canada to understand the root cause of the incident, as this is not yet known," the company said in a statement. "As is always the case, the safety of our customers is our first priority and we will push to fully understand the issue as quickly as possible."

Tesla has previously claimed electric vehicles are 10 times less likely to catch fire than vehicles with an internal combustion engine.