Hyundai is offering a lifetime guarantee for the lithium polymer battery pack in its Sonata Hybrid.
If a Sonata Hybrid’s battery pack fails during the life expectancy of the vehicle, Hyundai will replace the battery for free and pay to have the battery recycled.
The announcement, made today on the sidelines of the Detroit auto show, comes soon after other vehicles powered by advanced battery systems have drawn scrutiny from regulators for possible safety and quality problems.
General Motors has voluntarily offered to add more protection for the lithium ion battery pack in the hybrid Chevy Volt after fires took place in the days or weeks following certain crash tests. The Fisker also recalled 239 Karma plug-in hybrids because of a problem in its cooling system last month.
“We can do that because in our testing, we found really extraordinary battery life — at least 275,000 miles with a very low failure rate,” John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, said on the sidelines of the Detroit auto show today. “We have a lot of confidence in our ability to back that at relatively low cost.”
Hyundai says its lithium ion batteries are the next-generation of lithium ion battery technology powering many advanced vehicles made by competitors.