Porsche and Audi dealing with two actions, one of which isn’t about the vehicles, but the charging cables. The other recall covers just 205 Porsche Taycans at risk for fire due to overcharging.
The two German brands, which are owned by Volkswagen, are recalling about 130,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids because the charging cables sold with the vehicles can overheat and lead to a house fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to the agency’s report, the issue is the NEMA charging cable sold with the 60 different vehicles affected by the recall. In certain instances, the charging cables can become hot while charging when plugged into certain types of lower quality electrical receptacles due to elevated electrical resistance at the receptacle interface, the agency noted.
Porsche identified 110 incidents related to the problem, which was part of a previous service campaign to try to resolve the issue.
Vehicles in the recall
Here are the various Porsche and Audi vehicles being recalled:
- A7 2021-2022
- A8 2020-2021
- E-Tron 2019-2024
- E-Tron GT 2022-2024
- Q4 E-Tron 2022-2024
- Q5 2020-2024
- RS E-Tron GT 2022-2024
- Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid 2019-2024
- Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid 2024
- Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid 2020-2023
- Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid 2021-2023
- Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid 2021-2023
- Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid 2021-2023
- Porsche Taycan 2021-2024
- Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo 2022-2024
- Porsche Taycan 4S 2020-2024
- Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo 2021-2024
- Porsche Taycan GTS 2022-2024
- Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo 2022-2024
- Porsche Taycan Turbo 2020-2024
- Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo 2021-2024
- Porsche Taycan Turbo S 2020-2024
- Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo 2021-2024
“Increased resistance in the charging cable can increase the risk of overheating and thermal damage to the electrical receptacle and the surrounding area. If left undetected, the local thermal damage could potentially spread, resulting in a fire,” officials noted in the report.
“Outdated dwelling electrical wiring coupled with the potential use of lower quality electrical receptacles can eventually cause permanent damage to the charging cable, further increasing electrical resistance in the cable. A charging cable that is experiencing increased electrical resistance may feel hot when being unplugged by the user after charging.”
The agency isn’t advising vehicle owners to park the vehicles away from buildings, as it’s done in other instances where fire is a possbility.
On Dec. 6, Porsche determined that it would supersede the WMP2 Service Campaign and conduct a safety recall to replace the subject mobile chargers. The companies will replace the existing charging cable with a new one that incorporates a temperature sensor. This will be done at no cost the customer.