A number of complaints are raising safety concerns about Hyundai’s popular electric SUV.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, US owners of the Ioniq 5 electric SUV have complained of a complete or partial loss of propulsion power.
Many said the blackout was due to a loud bang.
Hyundai announced that it would offer a software update starting next month and replace affected components if necessary.
According to a notice published online, NHTSA says it has received 30 complaints about the problem on 2022 models, of which an estimated 39,500 were on US freeways.
A preliminary investigation launched by a department within NHTSA indicates a charging issue.
The problem is a voltage surge that damages the transistors and prevents the vehicle’s 12-volt battery from charging.
Hyundai spokesman Ira Gabriel told FOX Business that the company is fully cooperating with the investigation and will launch a service campaign in July to update the software on affected vehicles.
Hyundai said it would replace the affected component if necessary. It is called an integrated control charger.
Many governments are banking on electric vehicles replacing gas-powered vehicles, which emit greenhouse gases that cause global warming.