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Electric Truck Recalls Begin to Increase as of 2023

07/27/2023 19:18

The impact on the number of vehicles affected may appear inconsequential at first glance, however, a more comprehensive evaluation of the quantity of recall campaigns reveals otherwise. Preliminary data suggest that electric trucks are experiencing quality issues in their nascent stages of existence.

On Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website disclosed the most recent of ten electric truck recalls that have occurred in the past three months.

What Trucks Were Recalled?

Specifically, it pertains to the eighty-two Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 trucks that have experienced power loss due to planetary gear sets that were inadequately welded in the electronic axles.

The integration of E-axles and planetary gear sets in battery-powered electric vehicles leads to a reduction in the total component count when compared to that of diesel trucks.

Innovative Offerings and Cutting-edge Interfaces

According to mobility analyst at Gartner Inc., Mike Ramsey, the challenge at hand concerns the introduction of a novel product and platform; it is not primarily a matter of whether the product is electric or not.

The majority of these vehicles are pioneering advanced electrical architecture, innovative software development and deployment methods, and novel component sets.

Ramsey spoke in a general sense regarding battery-electric trucks, stating that new testing methods and suppliers have emerged. It is beyond any battery issue.

As of April 18th, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has documented 221 safety recalls for both passenger and commercial vehicles. Notably, 19 of these recalls pertain to battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), encompassing both fully electric and hybrid models. It is worth mentioning that earlier this year, both Nikola and Volvo experienced recalls for electric trucks.

There were no reported instances of injuries or vehicular collisions associated with any of the recalls.

On the other hand, precautions on parking brake issues, brake fluid, software errors, steering wheel/loss of steering control, engine stalls, warning lights, battery cell production, stock of battery packs, adequate warning, and instrument cluster can still be a risk of injury so recall events are necessary. 

Electric Models from Both Volvo and Mack Truck Have Undergone Two Separate Recalls 

Highlighting the importance of stringent quality control measures in the manufacturing of commercial vehicles, during the three-month period, a number of recalls were issued.

This includes those pertaining to the Volvo Truck North America Class 8 VNR Electric and the Mack LR Electric. In all fairness, the contentious effort and quality actions by these companies are commendable since critical safety was given importance.

Notably, the Volvo Group was subject to two voluntary recalls each on these vehicles, which share a common platform but serve distinct purposes.

Specifically, the VNR Electric is predominantly utilized in drayage and regional hauling, while the Mack LR Electric serves the refuse hauling industry. This actual vehicle range is taken to monitor as it will impact the supply chain due to regulatory enforcement of recall.

These recalls represent a significant event in the commercial transportation sector and highlight the importance of rigorous quality control measures to ensure the safety and reliability of these vehicles.

What are the Issues?

The latest and most sizable recall, encompassing 243 VNR Electric trucks, has been initiated due to potential defects in the power cables that connect to the windscreen heater relay. These cables may have become loosely connected, thereby causing the relay to malfunction.

The projected occurrence of this issue is limited to a mere 1% of the recalled vehicles. It is worth noting that Mack has also recently recalled 47 of its own vehicles for similar reasons.

In the month of April, Volvo issued a recall for 125 VNR Electrics and four Mack LR Electric trucks in distinct recalls. The motive behind this action was an issue with the coolant line in the high-voltage battery pack, which may not have been properly seated and locked.

This anomaly can potentially lead to a loss of coolant and an electrical short circuit, which can pose a serious safety risk. As a responsible and conscientious manufacturer, Volvo has taken swift measures to proactively address this issue and is committed to ensuring the safety and reliability of its vehicles at all times.

Tesla has experienced two instances of minor recalls for its Semi electric truck.

Meanwhile, Lion Electric, a Canadian-based company, has issued a recall for its electric school buses, Lion6 and Lion8 electric trucks.

This recall was prompted by a potential issue within the high-voltage distribution unit or direct current junction box, where internal hardware may come into contact with electrical terminals resulting in a potential short circuit.

A Potential Advantage of Prompt Product Recalls

According to Ramsey of Gartner, the early onset of recalls for BEVs presents a positive aspect.

The advent of modern vehicles has enabled manufacturers to receive critical information about mechanical issues at an unprecedented pace.

This rapid feedback mechanism has allowed manufacturers to promptly address any potential problems, a significant improvement over the slower response times of older vehicles. This seemingly paradoxical situation ultimately benefits both manufacturers and consumers alike.

Fleet owners with active fleet service should make sure to request dealer for details specifically for the terms for details. Complete details on how the truck functions are important.

Once the deal is made, owner notification letters will play a big importance to make sure, the truck owners are updated for any recall repair, safety recall report, 

Conclusion: Ensuring Safety and Reliability in Electric Trucks

In conclusion, the increasing number of electric truck recalls highlights the importance of ensuring safety and reliability in these vehicles.

As the demand for electric trucks continues to rise, manufacturers and regulators must prioritize thorough testing and quality control measures to avoid potential hazards.

This includes accurately assessing battery performance, electrical components, connected features, network availability, and overall electric truck security systems to minimize the risk of malfunctions or accidents.

To address this issue, it is crucial for manufacturers to invest in robust research and development processes that focus on identifying any potential flaws or weaknesses in their electric truck designs.

Additionally, implementing stringent quality assurance protocols throughout the manufacturing process can help detect any defects before they reach consumers. Moreover, open communication channels between manufacturers and regulatory agencies are necessary to promptly address emerging safety concerns and develop effective solutions.

Overall, by prioritizing safety and reliability at every stage – from design to production – we can ensure that electric trucks become a safe alternative for transportation while minimizing risks associated with recalls or technical failures.

Continued advancements in technology alongside stringent industry regulations will play a vital role in enhancing the overall safety standards of electric trucks as they become more prevalent on our roads.

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