Audi is recalling 2,303 units of its e-tron electric model worldwide due to problems with the brake booster. The brake booster, ABS and ESP may fail. In Germany, 336 vehicles are likely to be affected, and 38 in the USA.
Ford has to recall 5,000 Mustang Mach-E in Canada because of two different problems: one because of a windscreen that may not be properly attached and another because of a panoramic roof glass that may not be properly attached.
The latest recall campaign for the Chevrolet Bolt due to ongoing battery problems is costing General Motors dearly. In its latest financial figures, the company itself has now put a figure on just how expensive: $800 million, or around $11,600 per car.
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 1,463 units of its EQC electric model worldwide, 136 of these in Germany. Due to inadequate sealing of the high-voltage battery housing, corrosion could lead to moisture ingress, making it impossible to restart the vehicle. In addition, there is an increased risk of fire.
Tesla has to update the software in around 285,000 of its cars in China because a sudden acceleration to the preset speed could occur in connection with an accidental activation of the cruise control function.
Deliveries of Ford’s flagship electric car Mustang Mach-E are on hold in the UK after the company discovered a nominal safety risk. The incident follows a similar scenario Ford had recently experienced in the US.
Hyundai’s recall of the Kona EV due to allegedly faulty cells supplied by LG continues to be a bumpy road. Some owners told Reuters of delays and poor communication, adding fuel to a long story that yet awaits an adequate solution.
Volkswagen is launching a recall for its e-Up small electric car. Due to faulty battery cells, there is a risk of a short circuit or fire. No incidents have been reported so far, but the decision was taken as a precautionary measure – which is not too dramatic since the number of vehicles involved is […]
Just a few months after its market launch, the Mercedes-Benz electric passenger van, the EQV is already subject to a recall: 302 EQVs produced between 21 February and 27 October 2020 will have to go back to the factory. According to our updates, the e-Sprinter and e-Vito electric delivery vehicles are also affected by recalls.
The Chinese startup WM Motor has recalled 1,282 of its EX5 electric cars after four of its vehicles caught fire within one month. This is the latest of a number of large recalls made by carmakers in Asia, Europe and North Americain the last few weeks due to battery problems.
Following reports of problems with the all-electric Polestar 2 after deliveries started a few weeks ago, Polestar confirmed that they detected “a software error in the battery power control module, which, in very rare cases and without warning can lead to a loss of drive”.
VW is currently calling all units of its small electric car e-Up into the workshops, German media reports. The recall regards all EVs produced up to and including March 2017 and in Europe, there are about 11,200 of them.
Toyota will have to recall 2.4 million hybrid vehicles worldwide. The reason for this was named as software issues. Only one month ago, the Japanese automobile manufacturers also had to launch a recall of more than 1 million hybrids because of potential short-circuit and fire danger.
Due to potential short circuit and fire hazards, Toyota has recalled more than one million hybrid vehicles across the globe. The recall concerns all Toyota Prius of the current generation, including the plug-in version, as well as the hybrid version of the C-HR that were manufactured up to May of this year.
Tesla has started a global recall, asking for the return of 123,000 Model S due to a potential steering issue. The reason behind the problem are rusty screws installed in the power steering. The flawed parts came from Bosch.
BMW i5 plot thickens: BMW CEO Harald Krüger announced a new model joining the ranks of the electric i-series “soon,” as he spoke to German weekly Zeit. It will be bigger than the i3 and has been spoken of as i5 previously. Furthermore, the i3 will come with longer range next year. handelsblatt.com (in German)
Aston Martin RapidE: The British carmaker officially unveiled a prototype of its adumbrated electric sedan. Already by 2017, the RapidE Concept could launch boasting 735 kW, especially with the help of investor ChinaEquity. Even Chinese president Xi Jinping graced the electric revelation. autoexpress.co.uk, europe-autonews.com (ChinaEquity), youtube.com
Fall from grace? Consumer Reports used to be one of Tesla’s biggest supporters. Yet, it has taken back its unreserved recommendation following a survey among 1,400 Model S drivers, who said reliability does not match performance. Nonetheless, 97 percent of all buyers would buy a Tesla again. consumerreports.org, forbes.com
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Electrified black cab: London Taxi Company of Coventry has revealed its TX5 plug-in hybrid. As the company is owned by Chinese Geely, president Xi Jinping stopped by for the presentation. Set for launch in 2017, Geely plans to produce around 36,000 units, also for export (we reported). autocar.co.uk
Double recall: BMW is asking 923 i3 in the USA to return to the garage due to possibly faulty passenger airbags that will be replaced. At the same time, Toyota recalls 6.5 million cars worldwide, among them also models which are offered as hybrids, as it needs to fix a defect in the power window switch. bmwblog.com, autoblog.com (BMW), auto-motor-sport.de, reuters.com (Toyota)
Has Apple played a part in the end of Mission Motorcycles? Potentially yes, although indirectly, Reuters suggests. Before bankruptcy, quite a few top engineers had left the electric motorbike builder for Apple. Mission Motorcycles had to give up last month (we reported). reuters.com
Outlander PHEV facelift: Mitsubishi will bring an updated version of its Outlander to the New York Auto Show. The 2016 model is inspired by the Outlander PHEV Concept S that was shown at the Paris Motor Show last year. No updates to the current plug-in hybrid drivetrain have been announced yet. caradvice.com.au, thenewswheel.com, indianautosblog.com
New Hyundai Tucson revealed: First pictures show the all-new Hyundai Tucson, which will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month and is set to launch in the second half of 2015. When a new fuel cell version will follow is not clear yet, according to a Hyundai spokesperson. Until then, the ix35 Fuel Cell will remain available. autocar.co.uk, sueddeutsche.de (fuel cell version in German)
Nissan competition: Nissan together with Aston University in Birmingham has launched a competition asking students for strategies to promote the e-NV200 with a focus on small to medium sized businesses. Final presentations in front of professors and Nissan representatives are to be held today. puregreencars.com
Tesla patents turned down: General Motors´ Director of Battery Systems Bill Wallace told GM Authority that the automaker behind the Chevy Volt and the Bolt EV concept is not interested in Tesla´s openly-sourced patented technologies currently. The statement came at the Chicago Auto Show last week. gmauthority.com, hybridcars.com
Korean recall: Hyundai is asking about 10,000 owners of the Grandeur Hybrid produced between Dec 2013 and Oct 2014 to return to the garages immediately. The recall is due to a fault with the vehicle’s brake system that may fail to warn the driver of lacking brake fluid, which could lead to brake failure. yonhapnews.co.kr
No more Model S P85: In order to decrease production delays, Tesla announced that the number of options and variants for the Model S will be cut down. “We’re not taking additional orders for the P85. We’re only doing the P85D and we’re cancelling green and brown as colors,” Elon Musk stated. slashgear.com, files.shareholder.com (p. 3), seekingalpha.com (registration required)
Another EV from China: Starting next year, Beijing Automotive wants to start serial produce of its first electric car, the Sehnbao EV. It comes with a 37.5 kWh battery pack from SK Innovation. A total of 50 Sehnbao electric vehicles will be used for official transportation at next week’s APEC meeting in Beijing. koreatimes.co.kr
FAW-Volkswagen starts building China factory: Once completed in 2017, 300,000 vehicles will be produced at the Qingdao production site. According to local media reports, Audi could also use it to build its Q series for the Chinese market: PHEV variants for the Q5 and Q7 have already been confirmed. volkswagenag.com
C1 update: The California start-up Lit Motors is still working on its gyroscopic car-bike combo, meaning it will not go into serial production at the end of the year as previously announced. But to keep things interesting, the company presents a video of its newest prototype. ecomento.com
End of the MonoTracer? Via Facebook, Peraves CEO Roger Riedener announced that the Swiss company is “in liquidation.” Peraves’ E-Tracer has a range of 300 km, but the business model for it was unsustainable. But it doesn´t have to be the end: “Giving up is not in my dictionary,” Riedener wrote. facebook.com, moneyhouse.ch
2015 Civic Hybrid launches in U.S.: The 2015 Honda is now available at dealerships in the country, starting at 24,735 dollars. Together with the natural gas version, the Civic Hybrid was recognized as one of the top ten greenest cars in the U.S. hybridcars.com
Hybrid recalls: Toyota is recalling nearly 6,000 units of the Camry, Avalon and their hybrid versions in the U.S., due to possible loss of steering control. Infiniti is asking more than 14,000 units of the Q50 and Q70 hybrid sedans sold globally back to the lot, due to software problems that could cause stall-like conditions, as well as problems with the transmission housing. reuters.com (Toyota), autoblog.com (Infiniti)
We have gotten used to write about recalls, but this tops previous reports. Ford is re-recalling nearly 40,000 vehicles in the U.S., to inspect steering shafts that could break and cause loss of steering. Ford said that after making the repairs, it discovered the way it had fixed them was “improper.” ktvq.com, foxct.com