Oct 14, 2020 - 06:29 pm

Ford Kuga hybrid battery problems persist


Ford apparently can’t get the battery problems of the Kuga PHEV under control. After the manufacturer stopped sales of the part-time electric vehicle in August due to concerns about battery overheating, Ford is now recalling all Kuga models with plug-in hybrid drive to garages across Europe.

At first, it was thought that the issue only extended to models built prior to June 25, 2020. However now, Ford has extended the recall to include all Kuga PHEVs due to fire risk of the batteries. Last month, Ford recalled around 20,000 Kuga PHEV units across Europe. With In the UK alone, this is estimated to affect around 5,046 drivers. Because of the problems, Ford is also postponing the start of series production of the next plug-in hybrid model Escape PHEV until next year because the vehicles share some components.

“Because we share components with Kuga PHEV, including battery cells, we are moving production to next year, while we work with the battery cell supplier to resolve the issue affecting Kuga PHEV in Europe,” a company spokesperson in Europe said.

Whether manufacturers just hopped on the bandwagon to admit their battery problems, or this is a curious coincidence is unclear, but given that Hyundai as well as BMW just announced issues with their plug-in hybrid vehicle batteries and issued partial recalls, the timing is uncanny.

which.co.uk, reuters.com


Ein Kommentar zu “Ford Kuga hybrid battery problems persist

  1. P Sodermans

    Hi, I am one of the victims of the Kuga PHEV. I bougjt the full-option version Vignale in Germany, which was delivered early July. As I heard about the problems, I reached out in Kuly to Ford, who learned me,there’s a problem with the battery. Only by mid-August I received a formal letter of Ford, announcing a call back as of August. 24th. Shortly after the first intervention ( 20s44), we read that Ford cannot get the problem under control. The problem they designed to solve it does not work. The dealer tells me not to charge the car. On September 16, the second call back letter arrives from Ford confirming all of this. No solution is in the pipeline. The communication is a disaster. Since 3 Months, I cannot use the car for what I bought it, meaning electrical driving. No compensation whatsoever has been obtained from Ford. An early message that a compensation was offered, was canceled the day after. Absolute horror. It is clear Ford has the situation not under control. What is next ?

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