Hyundai will replace battery systems in $900M EV recall

SEOUL — Hyundai will replace battery systems in 82,000 electric vehicles globally due to fire risks — a costly $900 million recall that lays bare the thorny issue of how car and battery makers split the bill when problems arise.

The recall is one of the first mass battery pack replacements conducted by a major automaker.

“It’s very significant for both Hyundai and LG as we are in the early stages of the electric vehicle era. How Hyundai handles this will set a precedent not just in South Korea but also for other countries,” said Lee Hang-koo, senior researcher at

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I Had No Idea The Renault Fuego Was The Car With This Huge Automotive First

Illustration for article titled I Had No Idea The Renault Fuego Was The Car With This Huge Automotive First

Photo: Renault

Earlier today, I wrote about a fictional ’80s-era EV on a television show and how it had a remote locking system that featured, comically, a telescoping antenna. Because our commenters are composed of the world’s most elite group of painful car geeks, I was soon informed that even in our boring old reality, there were remote key fobs in the early 1980s, and they required no ridiculous antennae. And the first car to feature such an innovation was one I’d not expected, and this realization affected me so much that I’m writing about it right now.


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Radiant aims to ship 2-3 million BLUs for automotive displays in 2021

Radiant aims to ship 2-3 million BLUs for automotive displays in 2021

Rebecca Kuo, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES

Radiant Opto-Electronics aims to ship 2-3 million LED backlight units (BLU) for use in automotive dashboards of about 10 inches in 2021, with Europe-based automakers to be main clients, according to industry sources.

Radiant has cooperated with LCD panel maker Japan Display for automotive display-use BLUs, and shipped one million units for about 1% of consolidated revenues in 2020, the sources said.

Radiant stands a chance of supplying BLUs for Tesla’s automotive displays in 2021, said the sources.

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Ioniq 5 jump-starts Hyundai’s EV brand with multi-charging flair

Back at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Hyundai celebrated the 45th anniversary of its first independently launched car, the Pony, with the simply named 45 EV concept, a cute hatchback decorated with some sharp lines and angles. Fast-forward through a rather tumultuous year and a half, and Hyundai brings the concept to life in the form of the all-new Ioniq 5, the first official car of the all-electric Ioniq brand. The new crossover takes advantage of Hyundai’s all-electric architecture in offering a lounge-like cabin space, estimated 295-mile (475-km) range, ultra-fast multi-charging that can fire in 62 miles (100 km) worth

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Why Gerry McGovern is the right man to steer Jaguar reinvention

JLR’s new CEO, Thierry Bollore, who last week detailed much of the company’s strategy, said Jaguar is moving away from SUV-like vehicles to create a separate identity from Land Rover. While we don’t yet know the body styles of the new Jaguars, we do know they are going to be far more opulent and expensive than current Jaguars. The new Jaguar lineup will be moving upmarket to compete with some models from Bentley and Aston Martin, two sources told Automotive News.

McGovern has proved his team can design a vehicle every bit as stylish and luxurious as a Bentley

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Is This the Biggest Winner from Rivian Automotive’s Massive IPO?

2020 was the year of the electric vehicle stock! Encouraged by Tesla‘s strong performance, last year saw a deluge of EV automakers debut on the public markets via IPO or via a reverse merger with a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC.

Still, there was one high-profile holdout: Rivian Automotive. Founder and CEO Robert “RJ” Scaringe downplayed Rivian’s IPO intentions, noting as late as November the company was focused on production in response to an IPO-related question. That’s why investors were pleasantly surprised earlier this month when Bloomberg reported the company was prepping to go public with a possible

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