Audi E-Tron Already Being Recalled For Major Issue

Daniel Fowler
June 12, 2019

Jaguar and Audi recently introduced electric vehicles that will fight Tesla in the increasingly competitive EV market: the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-Tron. An Audi representative said the recall is due to a potential problem with a seal that could allow water into the battery compartment, which could result in a short-circuit or a fire. If an e-tron is not available, Audi will provide a vehicle with an internal-combustion engine and an $800 cash card for higher fuel costs and other expenses incurred.

The company issued a voluntary recall of approximately 540 E-Tron SUVs because of a risk that moisture can seep into the battery cell through a wiring harness glitch, spokesman Mark Dahncke said. If this happens, owners are advised to turn off the auto and park it in an open space so Audi can retrieve the vehicle and take it to the dealership. Not all vehicles delivered to customers so far areaffected, the Audi representative said.

While the lithium-ion battery technology that powers EVs is still evolving and there is no consensus on safe system design, electric vehicles are no more prone to fires than petrol-powered cars (and might be less so, according to America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

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The Problem: This Tesla Model X-competitor is under recall for a potential issue involving the regenerative braking system. While it has yet to issue a recall, the company did release an over-the-air software update for battery charge and thermal management "out of an abundance of caution".

The majority of the affected vehicles have not yet been delivered to customers. The recall fix is expected to become available in August 2019. A total of 1,644 E-Trons have been shipped to the US, and the remainder will be fixed before being handed to customers.

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