VW to recall 10,000 vehicles due to battery problem

It has happened to the Wolfsburg manufacturer again, it has realized that some models have been affected by battery cells that should not have passed quality control, but it reacts in time. Some 10,000 Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4 units manufactured in Europe (3,000 rolled in Germany) exhibit premature cell discharge.

This implies that autonomy is reduced even without having used the car, or that under certain conditions – low battery charge and high power demand – the electrical system can cut off the flow of current to the motor until the situation stabilizes. The origin of the problem is a manufacturing defect on the part of one of the suppliers, supposedly LG.

Let’s get used to the idea that a Volkswagen ID.3 with 58 kWh batteries has 216 cells inside (divided into 9 modules of 24 cells), and if only one loses balance with the others, the protection electronics can enter working. The cars have a diagnostic service with notification to the manufacturer, so it has been possible to obtain several affected cars.

It has happened to the Wolfsburg manufacturer again, it has realized that some models have been affected by battery cells that should not have passed quality control, but it reacts in time. Some 10,000 Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4 units manufactured in Europe (3,000 rolled in Germany) exhibit premature cell discharge.

This implies that autonomy is reduced even without having used the car, or that under certain conditions – low battery charge and high power demand – the electrical system can cut off the flow of current to the motor until the situation stabilizes. The origin of the problem is a manufacturing defect on the part of one of the suppliers, supposedly LG.

Volkswagen ID.4

Let’s get used to the idea that a Volkswagen ID.3 with 58 kWh batteries has 216 cells inside (divided into 9 modules of 24 cells), and if only one loses balance with the others, the protection electronics can enter working. The cars have a diagnostic service with notification to the manufacturer, so it has been possible to obtain several affected cars.

The details are revealed by the German company Next move, which has had the courtesy of putting English subtitles on the video ( from minute 15:28 ). The manufacturer has not clarified whether other models on the MEB platform are affected, such as Skoda Enyaq iV, Audi Q4 e-Tron or Cupra Born. The owners of the affected cars will be contacted one by one. As for the cars that do not share data with Volkswagen, the manufacturer may call them for review if it thinks they may be affected as well.

The recall requires leaving the car for a day in technical service because they have to inspect all the battery modules and replace those that are not according to the Volkswagen specification. With the Volkswagen ID. Buzz the problem was detected at the factory, but this time we are talking about cars that are circulating on the streets. The important thing is that the manufacturer responds and takes the necessary actions.

As you remember in Next move, the massive industrialization of electric cars and batteries will cause these problems to occur from time to time, but it is better that they appear during the warranty period and that the owners do not have to bear the costs to the consequence of design flaws, errors in the production process or any other type of problem that is unrelated to them.

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