The automobiles had been affected by a severe security downside of attainable international contaminants within the battery cells, which could cause a fire. A couple of such fires occurred in Europe and gross sales of this mannequin had been halted whereas homeowners of the prevailing automobiles had been requested to not cost its automobiles (driving in standard hybrid mode was thought of secure). The issue additionally delayed the market launch of Ford Escape PHEV within the U.S.
“The foundation trigger has been recognized as a battery cell contamination concern in our provider’s manufacturing course of and we have now decided that the very best plan of action for the protection of our present prospects is to exchange the drive battery pack.”
With a everlasting repair now discovered, Ford will recall affected Kuga PHEVs (reportedly as much as 27,000 automobiles), beginning alternative process in December. All automobiles ought to get new batteries by the top of March 2021.
It is a actually pricey downside for Ford (and/or probably its battery supplier – Samsung SDI), which was compelled additionally to enter right into a pooling arrangement with Volvo/Polestar to decrease its common emission of recent automobiles in 2020 within the European Union.
We guess that with the foundation trigger is decided, manufacturing and gross sales of the Kuga PHEV quickly shall be again to regular. To this point in 2020, Kuga PHEV is the top-selling plug-in hybrid mannequin in Europe.