German car maker Volkswagen has been highly publicized in the recent weeks for recalling its e-Golf battery-electric cars for the third time in a matter of weeks. In a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) filing last March 4, Volkswagen revealed that all 5,561 e-Golf cars have to be recalled for further inspection and to address a serious possible defect in its battery management system.
In a report, Volkswagen, being one of the top car brands in the world under the manufacture name Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. have revealed that their battery management system for their 2015-2016 Volkswagen e-Golf vehicle has a "brief internal electrical current surge/peak as a critical battery condition," the report filed by Volkswagen to the NHTSA said.
The recalling invited a lot of intrigues and speculations as to the specific details of the defects of the vehicle given that safety and efficiency are the utmost priority not only for the users but also for the on-going and rising electrical vehicle trend.
"This can cause an emergency shutdown of the high-voltage battery, which in turn deactivates the vehicle's electrical drive motor. Unexpected shutdown of the vehicle's electrical drive motor ("stalling") can lead to a crash," the report continued according to the NHTSA.
Furthermore, the report includes that the electrical drive motor defect can cause the vehicle to shut down while it is in use. This became alarming for the industry since according to BBC News, Volkswagen has released its e-Golf battery-electric cars in 2014 with all 5,561 vehicles sold and only 157 units left unsold.
Although critics rose and have urged that it is a serious problem, some believe that it is one that can be fixed. "The Volkswagen recall is more serious than the others, but even so I wouldn't say there's a fundamental problem," Jay Nagley, Managing Director of the Redspy Auto Consultancy said as per the publication.
"Yes there are teething troubles, but the great thing about electric cars is they don't catch fire - they are the only product I know of, fitted with lithium-ion batteries, for which that is the case," he added. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports that Volkswagen initially recognized the problem in early 2015 and was able to determine its cause recently.
Furthermore, the publication explains that the issue on Volkswagen's recalling off their battery-electric cars has produced the assumption that the car company's competitor, Nissan, which is the second-largest manufacturer of vehicles next to Volkswagen could rise and finally beat its competitor in sales.