Short Circuit Could Result In Battery Fire In Audi E-Tron

On 2024-04-09 13:31:42

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen), an automotive manufacturer renowned for its safety and innovation, has recently identified an issue affecting certain models of the 2022-2024 Audi RS E-Tron GT and E-Tron GT vehicles. It has been determined that there is a potential risk of a fire due to a short circuit within the high-voltage battery modules.

Audi became aware of this issue when they were contacted by Porsche regarding a safety related defect found in the HV battery modules of specific Porsche Taycan vehicles. This revelation prompted Audi to initiate a comprehensive investigation into their own vehicles, given the similarity in design and shared HV battery modules with the Audi e-tron GT.

Audi embarked on a collaborative investigation alongside Porsche and the battery cell module manufacturer, employing advanced data analytics and hardware analyses to delve into the root cause of the issue. Through this meticulous process, Audi conclusively determined the existence of a safety related defect affecting certain Audi e-tron GT vehicles, pinpointed via comprehensive data analytics and rigorous hardware examinations.

Recognizing the varied nature of potentially affected Audi e-tron GT vehicles, each requiring specific remedial actions, Audi took proactive steps to ensure customer safety. On March 15, 2024, Audi initiated two distinct recalls, each designated with manufacturer recall identification codes 93VM and 93VN, respectively. The differentiation in recall codes corresponds to the availability of sufficient vehicle battery data for certain vehicle populations, guiding the appropriate remedial actions.

With the safety and satisfaction of their customers at the forefront, Audi advises owners to limit charging their vehicles to a maximum of 80% battery capacity until the necessary repairs have been completed. Dealerships authorized by Audi will meticulously analyze the battery data of affected vehicles and promptly replace any compromised high-voltage battery modules to mitigate potential risks.

In the interest of maintaining transparent communication and ensuring prompt action, Audi anticipates sending interim letters to owners, informing them of the safety risks associated with their vehicles, with an expected mailing date of May 21, 2024. Furthermore, secondary letters will be dispatched once the comprehensive remedy has been devised and made available, underscoring Audi's unwavering commitment to prioritizing safety and customer satisfaction.