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Hyundai to Expand Kona EV Recall to N. America, Europe

SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Co is set to triple the number of recalled Kona electric cars over battery cell fire risks with plans to recall around 51,000 vehicles in North America, Europe, China and other markets, Yonhap news agency reported …

Tesla Says Single Battery Module Caused Car Fire in Shanghai

BEIJING/TOKYO — Electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Inc. said on Friday a single battery module caused a car to catch fire in Shanghai and it had revised its vehicle settings to further protect its batteries following an investigation into the …

Audi Recalls First Electric SUV in U.S. on Battery Fire Risk

Volkswagen AG’s luxury brand Audi is recalling its first all-electric vehicle sold in the U.S. due to a potential risk of a battery fire. The company issued a voluntary recall of approximately 540 E-Tron SUVs because of a risk that …

U.S. Warns: Don’t Turn on or Stow New Galaxy 7 Phone on Airplanes

Airline passengers should not turn on or charge their Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights or stow them in checked baggage due to concerns over the phone’s fire-prone batteries, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said. The …

Tesla Model S Retains 5-Star Rating Amid U.S. Safety Review

Tesla Motors Inc., the electric-car maker being reviewed by U.S. regulators over battery-related fires, said the safety rating for its Model S sedan is reaffirmed for the 2014 model year. The flagship vehicle from the Palo Alto, California-based company, with …

Tesla CEO Expects Feds to Clear Model S in Fires

The leader of upstart automaker Tesla Motors says he is confident that its Model S electric car is safe and will be cleared by a federal investigation into two battery fires. CEO Elon Musk said the fires, which occurred when …

GM CEO Says Politics Played Role in Volt Probe

General Motors’ chief executive plans to tell lawmakers that he believes politics motivated a U.S. government investigation of battery fires in Chevy Volts. In testimony prepared for delivery at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday, Dan Akerson said it …