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Audi e-tron GT Faces 2 Recalls For Potential Battery Issues

The recall affects 1,042 EVs which potentially run the risk of a short circuit or fire due to a faulty battery module.

In some latest news, Audi is announcing 2 recalls of the e-tron GT electric car over iffy battery modules. The models in question are the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT. The problem has occurred in the high-voltage batteries which could result in a short circuit or fire. Thankfully, no such cases have been registered so far. Hence, the German luxury carmaker wants to act fast to contain the situation without anyone getting adversely impacted.

Audi e-tron GT Rear Three Quarters
Audi e-tron GT Rear Three Quarters

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Audi e-tron GT Recalls Over Battery Issues

The carmaker will recall 1,042 units in two separate instances. The first recall will involve 1,013 cars which belong to the 2022-2024 model years. This is because the carmaker doesn’t possess enough data to know which exact cars are impacted. Perhaps, only 1% of these will actually bear this issue. Still, Audi needs to take the safer route by recalling all these cars. This is a serious scenario where the government notes that the “high-voltage batteries may experience short circuits … which can lead to thermal events and, in some cases, fires.”

The second recall will incorporate 29 vehicles from 2022-2023 model years. In this case, the carmaker has enough data to know exactly which cars are affected. Hence, the number of vehicles recalled is small. The recall report mentions that Porsche told Audi about the defect in certain Taycan battery modules. Now, the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT share a lot of components including the battery modules.

Hence, Audi commenced an investigation to get to the root of the matter. Note that LG Energy Solution Wrocław supplies batteries to both Porsche and Audi. As a result, it was found that the battery modules were needed to be replaced with the ones with “improved cell production quality.” In the meanwhile, Audi has warned the e-tron owners to charge the batteries of their EVs to just 80%.

Audi e-tron GT Front Profile
Audi e-tron GT Front Profile

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Learn Electric Cars Says

Recalls are very common in the automobile industry. This has been true with traditional ICE cars where a company would find a fault in the manufacturing of a component. Hence, it would recall a specific batch of cars to fix that issue. With EVs, the components are limited. Moreover, the battery and its components are largely sourced from certain big players. As a result, there are fewer problems. Still, when they occur, recalling quickly is necessary because the consequences could be serious if there are issues with the batteries.