A Hyundai Kona Electric caught fire and exploded while parked inside a residential garage last Friday, dangerously (and cartoonishly) sending a large garage door flying across the street and blowing a hole in the structure’s roof.
According to the CBC, it happened in Île-Bizard, an island near Montreal, Quebec. The car’s owner Piero Cosentino said he saw dark smoke clouds coming from his garage before the Hyundai inside went up in flames and eventually destroyed a significant part of his house. “As soon as I saw [the clouds], I immediately turned off the breaker,” Cosentino said. The Quebec man apparently purchased the Kona EV in March of this year and insists that it was not plugged in or charging at the time of the incident.
Firefighters were able to put the fire out and are currently investigating the cause of the fire. Luckily no injuries or fatalities were reported as a result of the explosion. However, Cosentino recognizes that things could have been very different if somebody had been near his garage at the time of the explosion. “If we were in front of the garage door, we could have been in the hospital,” he told the CBC.
Earlier this week, Hyundai Canada senior product PR specialist Jean François Taylor told Automotive News regarding the incident, “We have indeed been in contact with the customer. We are working with authorities and fire investigators in Montreal to understand the root cause of the incident, as this is not yet known. As is…
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