A manufacturing defect has been found in some battery cells
This problem affects the ID.4 and the ID.3
Volkswagen estimates this recall to reach 10,000 vehicles worldwide
The official announcement has yet to be made by VW, but an electric rental car company reported having been notified of the problem.
According to the automaker, a manufacturing defect in some battery cells could cause them to discharge quicker than usual.
This may lead to a shorter range than advertised due to the battery not having its full expected capacity. Also, vehicles that are parked for a few days without being charged could experience a more pronounced energy loss than expected.
In some cases, a warning message could be displayed if the voltage of the battery drops below the acceptable threshold and in one instance, the vehicle lost power while driving with an almost empty battery.
The faulty battery cells have reportedly been installed in the ID.3 and the ID.4 during a limited time period, meaning that the problem has been rectified in production already.
Since the recall is not official yet, the exact number of each model recalled in each market has not been revealed, with the exception of Germany, which will see 3,000 cars return to the dealers.
In addition, we still don’t know if vehicles in Canada and the United States will be affected. If they are, the numbers per country might be lower than in Europe due to the smaller ID.3 not being sold here.