This has to be the worst nightmare for Hyundai and for all BEV & lithium battery manufacturers really as it quite understandably undermines public confidence in the technology.My main concern with electric vehicles is the 'true' cost of batteries, the info may be out there but I have seen no references to long term battery life and replacement battery costs, when they enter the second hand market how do you value the batteries?
The vehicle market is very large and there are likely to be several competing battery fit methodologies. The argument is that the lowest cost & lightest vehicle structure would be to build the battery as part of the vehicle chassis. This is the line that Tesla is following & also supported (I believe) by Sandy Munro the US car manufacturing guru. But if a manufacturer could make a quick battery refit system work at low cost then I'd agree it could be a market beater. A lot will come down to consumer acceptance rather than raw technology, although price is a very major factor in the end. Also there are some lithium batteries currently at the research stage which would have a lifetime far exveeding what is normally expected of a private vehicle.This is the future for electric vehicles -
Faulty batteries will be detected at the charging stations.
No joke really because the answer is yes. (some brief info here but also see Tesla Battery Day videos if you have an hour to spare)I wonder if they will glue the batteries in like Apple do with their laptops and other mobile devices, forcing the owner to buy a new car when the batteries life is over?
Not much chance of that, the lithium content will be too valuable & will be recycled.82000 batteries heading for your local landfill. How very green.