Volkswagen is recalling over 5, 000 electric e-Golf cars in the United States for stalling issues caused by some battery problems.
The German automaker has started to sell its electric e-Golf in the United States at the end of 2014 and it delivered so far over 5, 000 units. However, in early 2015, Volkswagen received the first notification over a stalling event, for the issue to be replicated again in June in some internal tests. In recent months, the complaints from US customers have multiplied, prompting the company to issue a safety campaign covering all electric vehicles it has sold in the country since it launched the e-Golf.
The recall also includes 157 unsold units located in the dealer’s backyard. According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the engine’s software shuts down the unit because the “high-voltage battery management system may inadvertently classify a brief internal electrical current surge/peak as a critical battery condition.”
After Volkswagen admitted it cheated on the diesel emissions tests, the automaker might be forced by the US authorities to speed up its efforts to develop more green cars for the US market, as a “punishment” for the manipulation scheme. The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly pushing Europe’s biggest carmaker to build electric vehicles at its Chattanooga plant, Tennessee, as well as a network of charging stations in the United States.