Recalls Hit Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-Tron

Audi e-tron

Audi is in talks with German authorities about a recall of its e-tron EV in Europe after voluntarily recalling the SUV in the US due to a potential risk of a battery fire.

Vehicles the recall does not affect are still available for delivery and the reservation system to order an e-tron is still open. An Audi representative said the recall is due to a potential problem with a seal that could allow water into the battery compartment, which could result in a short-circuit or a fire.

Mark Dahnke, an Audi of America spokesman, said a yellow warning light activates if sensors detect moisture in the e-tron's electrical system, and that if the light activates, the crossover should be parked immediately in an outdoor area and shut off.

The recall is voluntary, a Jaguar representative said, and affected customers will soon receive a letter asking them to reach out to their dealership to schedule a software update for their vehicle.

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While the lithium-ion battery technology that powers EVs is still evolving and there is no consensus on safe system design, electric vehicles are no more prone to fires than petrol-powered cars (and might be less so, according to America's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). As such, Audi is issuing a recall for an issue that could potentially lead to such an event.

Audi is now in the process of showing the e-tron to its customers in New Zealand, with the first cars expected to arrive here in July.

"We are applying an abundance of caution as no such incidents [fires] have been reported globally", Audi said in its statement. It is unclear if the campaign will delay further deliveries, as the fix is not expected to become available until August.

The recall of Audi's e-tron comes about a month after the automaker began delivering the vehicle to customers.

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