The automotive industry may have started its electric shift late in the first decade of the century, more than a decade ago, but that doesn’t mean that new electron-powered models are already free of potential teething troubles. Even new models with internal combustion engines can be poorly designed or assembled.
This time, it’s the GMC Hummer EV‘s turn to be the target of teething troubles, the American supertruck that, remember, was developed in a panic, GM’s electric shift has been going on at breakneck speed for the past two or three years.
The trouble discovered by the site TheDrive was first raised by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), which indicates that the electric pickup suffers from water infiltration, particularly at the A-pillar of the vehicle. The area, which is obviously poorly sealed, then seeps into an electrical connector, leading to other troubles such as the window controls, the mirrors, and even the vehicle’s lock being shut down. The American institute also reports that the anti-theft system could activate without warning.
The manufacturer will have to repair these poorly sealed areas in addition to changing the connectors affected by the water ingress. For a 4×4 capable of crossing waterways, this problem absolutely must be fixed, as it’s clear that some owners will dare to venture into more challenging situations, while the rain factor must not be discounted in the equation.
There is also a second problem with an electric vehicle from General Motors‘ recent offensive. The Brightdrop EV600 commercial vehicle, like the GMC Hummer EV, is said to have another problem related to water ingress. The high-voltage battery connectors may contain moisture, which eventually leads to water ingress into the vehicle’s battery. For now, this early “wet” issue is being addressed through a customer satisfaction program.
So far, no recall campaign has been launched, but the 424 vehicles (Hummer and Brightdrop) that have been assembled will need to be repaired, including spraying brake cleaner on the faulty connectors and sealing the hot spots.
And motorists will have to be patient in the years to come, as more troubles will arise. It’s part of automotive history, especially now that electric power is still in its infancy.