Exploding Kona Electric

Discussion in 'Hyundai Kona Electric' started by apu, Jul 26, 2019.

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  1. Joev

    Joev Member

    I emailed Hyundai support to find out if the Kona can be left in neutral, so in case of an emergency (FIRE) I could roll it out of my garage with out the key FOB or getting into the vehicle.
    Their response was generic and told me to contact my local dealer for support.
    I looked thru the manual and can only find info about emergency towing procedure that leaves the vehicle on in “ACC “ mode in neutral.
    Our bedroom is right over our garage......
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  3. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    What's the difficulty? Put the car in neutral, turn it off, take the fob into a distant part of your yard and leave it there; then see if you can roll the car forward or backward in your driveway. Dunno why anyone would bother to e-mail customer support for the manufacturer when it's this easy to find out the answer for yourself.

    But the chances that you would notice a fire and manage to get into the garage before it was dangerous to remain there, are pretty slim. Once started, a fire can spread very swiftly inside a room or a garage.

    If you're really that concerned, install a fire suppression system (automatic sprinklers) inside the garage. But a better investment is to have a certified electrician check out the installation of your EV charger. Please note that not everyone hiring himself out as an electrician is certified.

  4. dborn

    dborn New Member

    If it's going to keep you awake at night, perhaps you should setup/move your EVSE outside of the garage and leave the car parked outside at all times. Expecting that you could manually push the car ON FIRE, out of the garage is unrealistic.

    I have to admit that once I get the car, I will probably be a little scared of parking it inside the garage for at least a few weeks... We'll see what news come out of Transport Canada or Hyundai (or if other similar fires happen) in the next few months...
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019
  5. I would just check your smoke detectors are working and up to date, and not lose any sleep over it.
    Of course make sure you have home fire insurance .
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  6. dborn

    dborn New Member

    There's no doubt it was a spectacular event and it strikes the imagination but we all probably stand a 1000x higher chance of having a major car accident while in motion, compared to having it catch fire/explode in our garage. Yet, it doesn't stop us from driving around in cars (EVs or otherwise).

    Anyone going to lose sleep over this should probably rethink their EV (or ICE) ownership and just take the bus.
    or just hide under their bed and pray for no earthquakes*! ;)

    *Disclaimer: Comment added for comedic and illustrative purposes. It is not meant to be disrespectful to anyone. Fears are real and can be quite stressful to some people.
    Geez, I should have been a lawyer... :)
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
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  8. TheLight75

    TheLight75 Active Member

    It cannot be left in neutral while off. It will nag you to shift to park once you turn off the car while in neutral. Once you open the door, it will automatically put it into park mode.
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  9. Joev

    Joev Member

    The difficulty is that the Kona EV is "drive by wire", and when you turn off the vehicle in neutral it automatically puts it in park. I was looking for a way around that but haven't found it.....yet.
    Thanks for your suggestions though.
  10. dborn

    dborn New Member

    A dolly under the front wheels? and perhaps a fast action winch bolted down at the end of the driveway, triggered by a heat sensor in the garage for full piece of mind? ;)
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
  11. Joev

    Joev Member

    Thought about something like that, a dolly of some type.
    A cable hooked on the Kona and out on the driveway ready to be hooked onto my I-miev in the driveway. There is also an incline down towards the street.....may need the neighbors hedges to stop both cars and put out the fires.
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  13. Didn't know that, had to try it. I notice while the nag is happening, it remains in neutral but the steering locks up which makes sense (no power). Kind of useless. I am so used to powering down the vehicle while in drive mode and having it go into park by itself.
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  14. Brennan Raposo

    Brennan Raposo Well-Known Member

    pretty sure at the slightest sign of a fire the entire garage would fill with smoke almost instantly. Aint' no one taking 15 seconds to open the garage door, approach a burning car only to manually push it out of their garage into the driveway or wherever the burning wreckage would come to a stop lol! Thankfully, my garage is a workshop and I've never once parked a car in it. Mine can catch fire all it wants. It might melt my siding, but that's about it.

    Hopefully they get down to the root cause soon!
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  15. I wonder if you could summon a burning Tesla out of the garage.

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  16. XtsKonaTrooper

    XtsKonaTrooper Active Member

    Get out of the house, dont play fireman and claim fire insurance.
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  17. Brennan Raposo

    Brennan Raposo Well-Known Member

    Especially if your car insurance includes a depreciation clause meaning if you were to have a total loss - they give you what you paid for the car and not what the current value is. I know mine is current value for 4 years, then the depreciation insurance gets removed.
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  18. nigels

    nigels Active Member

    There’s a convoluted process for getting the car to stay in neutral when you need to have it pulled onto a flatbed truck. It’s described in the owner’s manual. I think you have to stay in the car with it in neutral for a few minutes before opening the door, or something like that.
  19. I started with 4 and upped it to 7 years ($481 more Cdn) with private which is a deal if you hold on to the vehicle.
    ICBC (The only insurer in this province):
    only has a 3 year max plan for more $ than the private alternative. :mad:
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  20. victor_2019

    victor_2019 Active Member

    my car automatically goes to park when I turn the car off. it's valid for both cars I have (clarity and kona)

    I don't even bother putting it in park when I stop, I just turn the parking brake on then press the power button and the car goes to park on its own.
    so I don't think you can leave it in neutral like this.
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  21. victor_2019

    victor_2019 Active Member

    why not just install a halon fire suppression system?
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  22. I installed one over my nightstand, just in case my phone blows up.

    (Sorry guys, just couldn't help it. I get your concerns.)

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  23. Brennan Raposo

    Brennan Raposo Well-Known Member

    That's awesome!
    I'm with Aviva, I think they max out at 4 years. I usually only keep my cars for 3-4 max anyway lol

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