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according to Audi, the problem comes from a faulty grommet, located in the vehicle wiring harness between the charging port and the battery. In at least five vehicles sold worldwide, the grommet has allowed moisture to leak into the battery, which can lead to a short circuit or even a fire. (The E-tron system monitors the battery's humidity and, according to Audi, a yellow light should turn on if the vehicle's sensors detect that something is wrong with the interior.
The recalls, and especially the voluntary recalls, are far from unusual: more than 42.6 million vehicles were affected by 899 recalls. in 2017. At least 12 electric vehicles have been recalled, although not all are concerned.
The recent high-profile battery fires on the Tesla and NIO electric vehicles fueled the fear of fire hazards, even though assessments have suggested That electric vehicles present an accidental fire risk comparable to, or even lower than, that of their gasoline or diesel cousins. A 2017 study The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles contain or produce chemicals that can, under very specific conditions, become toxic or cause a fire. The US agency has recommended manufacturers to continue to collaborate and share information on the safe manufacture and use of batteries.
Last month, Tesla launched a live update of the software that manages battery charging and thermal checks in its X and S model vehicles. said The edge he has updated his software "as a precaution".
Meanwhile, Audi will continue to sell and deliver E-trons to solve its battery problem in the affected vehicles. He says he needs to know exactly how to fix the problem – and if the fix is a quick adjustment to replacing the entire E-tron wiring harness in six to eight weeks. If the concerned E-tron owners do not want to repair or replace their vehicles, the builder encourages them to monitor this yellow light; if activated, drivers must immediately stop in an open area and call the roadside assistance. Those who choose to have their E-trons repaired will receive a vehicle on loan, a $ 800 credit card and a free maintenance package.
Audi has invested a lot of money and firepower in the E-tron (his excuse), his sudden sudden entry into the world premium electric SUV market. There is the X model, of course, but also the Jaguar I-Paceand the next ones Mercedes-Benz EQC. Porsche you have apparently put his crossover concept Mission E Cross Tourism in production. There has never been a lot of opportunities to make a lot of money in an electric vehicle, as is the case now. Just look for these warning lights.
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