It’s another day and another report of burning EVs. This week, BMW announced a brief recall notice for select 2022 models of its electric cars due to battery fires, but fewer than 100 vehicles may have been affected so far.
According to the notice, selected models and trim levels of the 2022 BMW i4 Sedan and its popular iX SUV are at risk of a battery-related fire. Fortunately, BMW only names 83 vehicles in total, but this number could increase in the future.
For what it’s worth, this isn’t an uncommon problem. We all know the Chevy Bolt situation where every model was recalled at some point. And in 2021, Hyundai also recalled some EVs over similar battery fire risks.
The report said BMW’s high-voltage system “may exhibit internal damage” which could lead to an electrical short circuit and potential fires. As a result, BMW has told owners of select models in the US to stop driving them, parking cars outside and away from buildings or other electric vehicles, and to stop charging them until further notice.
So which models are affected? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall includes select iX xDrive 50, iX M60, i4 eDrive40 and i4 M50 vehicles.
Thankfully, BMW has confirmed it has yet to receive any reports of accidents or injuries, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. While EVs with lithium-ion batteries burn hot and make flames difficult to extinguish, they are still rare overall. In the future, solid-state battery technology for electric vehicles could solve this problem.
For now, BMW has already notified dealers and will begin sending out notifications to owners that select BMW dealers will replace the battery free of charge. So if you have one of the above EVs, go to your dealer and have them fix it.
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