Chinese vehicle start-up Nio is recalling nearly 5,000 of its ES8 high-performance electrical SUVs after a series of battery fires in China and a subsequent investigation revealed a vulnerability that developed a security threat.
The recall impacts a quarter of the ES8 lorries it has actually offered since they went on sale in June 2018.
A Nio-led group of specialists that consisted of the provider of the battery pack module, examined a reported fire including an ES8 in Shanghai. The group concluded there was a vulnerability in the design of the battery pack that could trigger a short circuit.
The battery crams in the lorries involved were equipped with a module spec NEV-P50 These packs were pushing up against voltage sampling cable television harness due to improper positioning, Nio said. The insulation on the cable might use out due to this repeated contact and trigger a brief circuit, Nio determined.
Nio said other ES8 cars that have actually experienced problems had the same battery pack.
The recall affects 4,803 designs produced from April 02, 2018 to October 19, 2018 that are equipped with NEV-P50 batteries. The business will be change the battery packs, a process that might use up to two months.
All NEV-P50 batteries in the battery swap network will likewise be replaced to guarantee, Nio stated.
Automobiles with 70 kWh battery loads produced after October 20, 2018 are geared up with the NEV-P102 modules and have different internal structural styles. These packs don’t have the same threat, Nio stated.
The recall comes at an inauspicious time for Nio. Nio started deliveries of the ES8 in China in June2018 And while shipments at first went beyond expectations, they have actually given that slowed in2019 The company reported loss of $3909 million in the very first quarter.
Nio stated it would shift its car production strategies, lower in R&D spending and cut to its labor force by 4.5%in action to the weak quarter.
Other automakers with electrical lorries have released remembers over fire risk. Earlier this month, Audi provided a voluntary recall in the U.S. for the E-Tron SUV due to the risk of battery fire. No fires had actually been reported in the 1,644 E-Trons that Audi has actually sold. The company released the recall after it found that moisture can seep into the battery cell through a circuitry harness. There have been five cases worldwide where this has actually caused a battery fault caution.
In May, Tesla started pushing out a software update that will change battery charge and thermal management settings in Model S sedans and Model X SUVs following a fire in a parked car in Hong Kong. The software update, which Tesla said at the time was being done out of “an abundance of caution,” is supposed to “secure the battery and enhance its longevity.” The over-the-air software update will not be made to Design 3 vehicles.