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Volkswagen e-Golf recalled for drive motor issue

5,561 e-Golf electric vehicles built between May 21, 2014 and March 1, 2016 have been recalled. “Oversensitive diagnostics for the high-voltage battery management system may falsely detect an electrical surge” which can cause the e-Golf’s electric drive motor to suddenly shut down.

According to a North American VW dealership, this recall only affects US models. However, even if you have a car outside of the USA made during that period it would be worthwhile to check with your dealer.

RECALL Subject : Electric Motor may Shutdown Unexpectedly

Report Receipt Date: MAR 07, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V138000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,561
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
VOLKSWAGEN E-GOLF 2015-2016
Details

Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 e-Golf vehicles manufactured May 21, 2014, to March 1, 2016. Oversensitive diagnostics for the high-voltage battery management system may falsely detect an electrical surge resulting in the vehicle’s electric drive motor shutting down unexpectedly.

CONSEQUENCE:
An unexpected vehicle shutdown can increase the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will update the battery management software, free of charge. The recall began March 15, 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 93B4.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Volkswagen chooses to drop the liquid cooling on the e-Golf

Last year at the LA Auto Show, the Volkswagen e-Golf was introduced with a water-cooled battery. Later at the Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen had quietly removed all terminology related to water-cooled batteries, and then most recently, at a Volkswagen drive event in Germany, a keen reporter from Green Car Reports noticed the battery on display had no liquid-cooling components. Continue reading

UK e-Golf – orders open, priced at £25,845

On March 11th, Volkswagen UK announced that the order books were open for the electric Golf. The e-Golf is priced at £25,845 after the £5,000 Government grant.

The e-Golf can be charged from a household outlet in around 13 hours, or with an optional ‘wallbox’, charging time is around 8 hours. Currently, the wallbox is available at no cost through British Gas. Using the Volkswagen e-Golf’s combined charging system and a DC quick charge supply, 80% charge capacity can be achieved in 35 minutes. Continue reading

Volkswagen e-Golf launches in Norway

Yesterday morning, Volkswagen Norway opened orders for the new 2014 Golf electric vehicle. Within 3 and a half hours, over 1200 orders had been placed.

According to Volkswagen Norway’s Anita Svanes, “This is amazing! The demand has been tremendous and we already have noticed great interest from customers.” Due to the incredible demand, Volkswagen is considering increasing the production on the e-Golf.

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2015 VW e-Golf debuts at LA Auto Show

On November 21st, the Volkswagen e-Golf made its US debut at the LA Auto Show. Volkswagen didn’t reveal any new details, or pricing information like we had hoped for, they mostly restated info we had learned in the pre-show press release from last week.

The specs we have on the e-Golf is an electric range of around 80 miles. Volkswagen says the electric Golf is good for 118 miles, but that’s on the more lenient NEDC test cycle, so 80 miles is the estimate on the US EPA test cycle. Continue reading