Audi to recall e-tron to fix battery compartment problem
Audi recalls in the US 1.644 cars of its first electric model, the e-tron, to fix a problem with the sealing of the battery compartment to avoid water ingress. It’s likely that the car, that is built exclusively in Brussels (Belgium), will be recalled elsewhere in the world too.
So far there are no actual cases of water ingress in the battery compartment recorded yet, but to avoid risks Audi decided in the US to recall all e-trons built since the production start in September 2018 until March 2019.
Third party part
It’s not a design flaw or a construction fault at the Belgian factory, but rather a third party part that isn’t up to the specs as foreseen and has to be replaced.
Because repairs could take upon a few months to August, Audi offers a replacement car and an 800 dollar compensation to its US customers. Other recall actions elsewhere are likely to follow, but so far Audi didn’t comment on that.
Slowing down production
It is a new setback for the Brussels’ factory after it already had to slow down production because of a shortage of battery cells that are to be delivered by South Korean LG. Audi lowered the 2019 production forecast for its Brussels plant by more than 10.000 cars to 45.242 units.
While Audi did not officially comment, internal sources say battery deliveries are not going as planned. According to the same sources, the manufacturer is postponing the e-tron Sportback production to 2020.
Besides battery delivery shortages, the slow delivery of electric engines is to blame for production delays, due to the recent strike at the Audi plant in Györ (Hungary), where the motors are produced.
Sacrificing the TT and R8
2019 has to be the year of restructuring and transition for German carmaker Audi, CEO Bram Schot said in May. He has started a joint venture with car rental specialist Sixt about car-sharing. At the same time, Audi wants to have 10 hybrid and 20 fully electric models by 2025.
At the general assembly of VW daughter and premium car manufacturer Audi, CEO Bram Schot has announced that two of Audi’s iconic sports cars, the TT and the R8, will soon disappear from the portfolio.
The recently appointed Dutchman wants to cut costs to be able to spend 14 billion euro in 2023 in electrification. “To be able to focus, we have to scrap things,” he said, “like sacrificing the Audi TT and the R8 sportscars, for example.”