Porsche and Audi Recall Almost 6,700 EVs for Insufficient Battery Sealant

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

porsche and audi recall almost 6 700 evs for insufficient battery sealant

Large automakers save money by sharing platforms and engineering designs across individual brands, but the practice means that problems affecting one model tend to impact related vehicles. Porsche and Audi recently issued a recall that illustrates that point, as the vehicles share most of their underlying engineering and could have batteries with insufficient sealant.

Almost 6,700 cars are included in  the recall, all from the 2023 model year. Impacted variants include the Taycan, Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo S, Audi e-tron GT, and RS e-tron GT. The problem is related to a new sealant material Porsche added to its manufacturing process in late 2022. Though intended to reinforce the battery packs, the automaker started receiving reports of failures in March, and by April, the first U.S. reports started trickling in.

As with all recalls, owners can take their vehicle to a Porsche or Audi dealer for an inspection, and, if needed, the battery pack will be replaced free of charge. While we don’t have an exact number on the cost of a battery replacement, nothing with a Porsche or Audi badge is cheap to repair, and some on the internet have claimed replacements cost upwards of $45,000.

The affected cars were all manufactured in a relatively short period of time between late 2022 and May 2023, when Porsche changed its sealant technique to prevent further issues. So far, there have been no fires or incidents related to the problem. 

[Image: Porsche]

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  • IH_Fever IH_Fever on Sep 12, 2023

    Now imagine it's a GM/Ford/Stellantis product...

    • Carson D Carson D on Sep 12, 2023

      Well, they'd be less likely to melt holes in the hulls in cargo ships when they burn, since they'd be shipped here from Mexico on trains.

  • ChristianWimmer ChristianWimmer on Sep 12, 2023

    I wonder if the EU[SSR] is partially to blame for this. They have a knack for telling businesses here what materials to use and if you don’t comply you’re an evil company bla bla bla…

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    • SPPPP SPPPP on Sep 12, 2023

      Yes, some local governments in the US are playing around with the same plastic straw bans. I *like* the idea of reducing single-use plastic ... but I would also like my straw to be free of toxic chemicals, and to last through a 16oz beverage! The paper ones are a joke. Some places, like Dunkin' Donuts, have switched to a plant-based plastic straw ... these actually work! https://www.phadeproducts.com/ ... Likewise with the wind energy and solar panels - good in theory, but they still generate a lot of waste and take a lot of space. At least there's a chance some can be recycled, but we've seen that stuff fizzle out before. https://cen.acs.org/environment/recycling/companies-recycle-wind-turbine-blades/100/i27

  • Not Not on Sep 12, 2023

    People buying or leasing these cars deserve these cars.

  • Tassos Tassos on Sep 13, 2023

    Question of the day:

    Who was the genius investor who lost, just by himself, $1,500,000,000.00 US,

    shorting TESLA stock, and then apologized to Elon Musk?

    The answer is given in the new, monumental, Musk Bio by the Great Ericsson:

    "...There was one contentious issue that they had to address.

    Gates had shorted Tesla stock, placing a big bet that it would go down in value.

    he turned out to be wrong.

    By the time he arrived in Austin, he had lost $1.5 billion.

    Musk had heard about it and was seething.

    Short-sellers occupied his innermost circle of hell.

    Gates said he was sorry, but that did not placate Musk.

    “I apologized to him,” Gates says. “Once he heard I’d shorted the stock, he was super mean to me, but he’s super mean to so many people, so you can’t take it too personally....”