Hyundai Kona Electric Explodes While Parked In Garage

A Hyundai Kona Electric has exploded while parked in a garage in Montreal, Canada.

CBC News reports that on Friday last week, a major explosion ripped through the garage of Hyundai Kona Electric owner Piero Cosentino. Images of the scene show that the explosion was significant enough to send the garage door flying across the street and blow a huge hole through the roof.

Montreal firefighters were called to the scene at approximately 1 p.m. and quickly put out the subsequent fire. Authorities say that no one was injured.

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According to Cosentino, he saw dark clouds of smoke coming from his garage on Friday afternoon and immediately turned off the breaker.

“If we were in front of the garage door, we could have been in the hospital,” he said.

Cosentino says that the Kona Electric wasn’t charging or even plugged in at the time of the explosion. Louise Desrosiers from the Montreal Fire Service added that there didn’t seem to be any other factors inside the garage which could have caused the explosion.

“It was a fully electric vehicle, and there was nothing around that could have caused the explosion,” Desrosiers said. “We will be following up […] closely with the owner to understand the problem in anticipation of other cases.”

Crews had to demolish the garage after determining that it was unstable. The causes of the explosion and fire are yet to be determined, though this is definitely not the first time we see an electric car self-combust while sitting idle.

  • yonceous

    don’t teslas explode to though, ima wait five years until the technology becomes more stable and reliable. yes this is the first case of the Hyundai Kona and it’s being investigated but I still would wait.

    • TheBelltower

      EV’s are already safer when compared to conventional vehicles, and they will probably improve quickly as batteries evolve. Though gas cars don’t seem to be very stable or reliable. There are hundreds of thousands of fires every year with century old tractor-based ICE technology.

      • Jarosław Kotowicz

        So you really think that when EV cars will become common and current EV cars will be about 20 years old and badly maintained there will be no dozens cars catching fire?

        • TheBelltower

          Who knows. Maybe. I’ve had two engine fires. Both old British cars. Each time it was the result of fuel. As bad a Lucas components were, the fires were never electrical. My brother had an engine fire in a relatively new 5 series. A neighbor had an engine fire in a CR-V. A buddy had his Chrysler burn after the exhaust ignited leaves. EV’s don’t require hotness or ignition to operate, so that characteristic is removed as a risk.

          • Jarosław Kotowicz

            “EV’s don’t require hotness” what do you mean? ICE do require hotness? No, they don’t. Gasoline engine needs air, fuel, spark and compression. Heat is only a side product. And believe me batteries, electric motors and ekectronics also can get hot.
            What an EV require (and ICE don’t) is really good wiring. Things will be very messy when home DYI “inventions” will start to be common .

          • TheBelltower

            It’s splitting hairs, but I suppose I would be more accurate saying that heat is a byproduct resulting from thousands of tiny explosions necessary to turn a crank. ICE’s require explosions. On a hot day like today, the Tesla doesn’t radiate the same level of heat as any ICE vehicle. Yes the batteries get hot. But not red hot. Totally agree that DYI cars are often very messy.

          • Aeromann

            I had a lot of cars and I never had this kind of problem.
            Maybe because they were from Europe? ?

          • TheBelltower

            There’s something endearing about old British cars. But I gotta say, they are like an abusive marriage.

          • ramish rambarran

            Yes. maybe they were from Europe……and you had to use public transportation.

  • charlotteharry57

    Hyundai wants to be just like Tesla. Even the Ioniq and Niro hybrids have experienced fires.

  • Jawohl

    Not surprising. This is after all built in the same country as Samsung consumer electronics and we all know how well they burn.

  • Six_Tymes

    so this is what we have to expect happening more often as EV’s become the norm?

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      ICE vehicles catch fire all the time…

      • FFEMT6

        Ok, true, but how many more ICE powered vehicles are on the road in comparison to their ev counterparts.

      • Peter Neeve

        Uh huh, and what is often the cause? An electrical short circuit..

    • FFEMT6

      As a 17 year firefighter, I will call this new ev trend, job security if this becomes the norm. I personally have not yet run an ev fire. Assuming this wasn’t a gas explosion, which could also cause the projectile force mentioned and damage presented. The article states there were no other sources in the garage, so I have to believe it wasn’t.
      Extremely glad no one was hurt in this catastrophic event.

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