Because they have far less moving parts than their internal combustion-engined counterparts, the drivetrains of electric cars traditionally require far less servicing and maintenance than those in a comparable internal combustion engine vehicle.
Sadly however, electric cars are still susceptible to the same kind of mechanical faults as internal combustion engine cars when it comes to suspension, braking and other non-drivetrain components. Sometimes, that means they’re subject to the same kind of recalls as any other car.
Take the all-electric Renault ZOE for example. As announced late last week, just over a quarter of all examples of the popular French-made hatchback have been recalled to rectify a problem with its braking system.
As Reuters details, the problem stems from brake fluid hoses used on some 10,649 Renault ZOE models made between the start of production in 2012 and October 6, 2014. Under certain circumstances, the automaker details, brake hoses of affected cars could rupture, leading to reduced braking or failure of the car’s hydraulic braking system.
While the Renault ZOE is less popular globally than the slightly-larger LEAF hatchback — its electric cousin from alliance partner Nissan — a total of 42,300 Renault ZOE models have been produced since the car launched in 2012. While not all of the cars affected by the recall are believed to have the fault, a Renault spokesperson told Reuters Renault is treating the recall as a preventative measure, checking the position of certain brake hoses and replacing them as necessary.
While not specifically stated, this indicates that the problem may be caused by improper routing of certain brake hoses, leading perhaps to eventual rubbing on another part of the car’s chassis or suspension, ultimately weakening the hoses and causing a rupture.
We should note the above is inferred conjecture rather than stated fact.
At the time of writing Renault says it is unaware of any accidents or injuries occurring as a direct consequence of the fault.
In keeping with standard automotive recall practice, Renault will notify owners of the recall directly, with remedial work carried out under warranty at no cost to customers at their local Renault ZOE dealership.
In the meantime, those who wish to find out more about the recall or to check to see if their car is involved in the recall can do so at their local Renault owners’ portal.
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