Audi and Porsche have a safer cell charging cable for EV, PHEV fashions


Audi and Porsche are conducting a recall of 240-volt Stage 2 AC charging cables for EVs and plug-in hybrids.

The recall covers 93,196 Audi autos within the U.S. from mannequin years 2019 to 2024, together with the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback, This fall E-Tron and This fall E-Tron Sportback, and E-Tron GT EVs, in addition to the Q5 plug-in hybrid. Porsche is recalling 41,345 U.S.-market autos for a similar challenge, together with the all-electric Taycan and plug-in hybrid variations of the Cayenne and Panamera.

2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive

2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Govt

The difficulty is not with the autos themselves, although, recall paperwork say. Audi and Porsche are conscious of circumstances of “melting/overheating” when the cables equipped with the affected autos from supply have been plugged into NEMA 14-50 retailers. Nonetheless, the automakers consider this is because of issues with these family retailers, or the wiring or circuit breakers they’re linked to.

So as to add an additional layer of security, Audi and Porsche are changing present cables with ones which have temperature sensors to detect overheating. The brand new cables will not be out there till mid-2024, however once they arrive house owners will get them freed from cost from dealerships. Within the meantime, house owners are suggested to not use the 240-volt residence charging cable, and as a substitute use solely a Stage 1 110-volt cable when charging at residence.

2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo

2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo

It is attainable to get by on 110-volt residence charging with some plug-in hybrids, nevertheless it’s a stretch for all-electric fashions. However a number of the house owners of the affected autos could use wallbox residence chargers as a substitute of plugging a cost cable straight into an outlet. A 2021 examine steered EV house owners have been extra happy with wall chargers than cost cables, though one other examine out that yr discovered that EV house owners won’t bear in mind of all home-charging choices.

This is not the primary occasion of charging cables with the potential to overheat. Tesla had an analogous challenge that triggered a recall of accent adapter cables in 2016. Tesla and another automakers have even stopped together with cell cost cables with EVs.


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