BMW will be recalling roughly 3,500 of their electrified models due to charging cables that could lead to shocks or fires. It affects a wide range of both their plug in and fully electric models from 2018 and 2019. 25% of the affected models are believed to be 2018 i3's, but here's what else may have defective charging cables:
- 2019 BMW i8 coupe and roadster
- 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman SE All4 PHEV
- 2018 BMW X5 xDrive40e
- 2018-2019 BMW 530e xDrive
- 2018-2019 BMW 740Le xDrive
In government filings, BMW said that incorrect electrical capacitors in its charging cords may fail and either produce an electrical shock or start a fire. BMW markets the chargers as "TurboCord Portable Chargers." The majority of the chargers were installed in the trunks of BMW's plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in July and August of 2018.
This is a relatively small amount of affected models, but at least the issue has been found prior to any accidents. Better for these kinds of problems to come up now, before BMW starts on their full EV push.
Automakers should consider placing proper fire suppression systems in any of their higher performance EV's. Not only is the risk of electrical issues higher, but we know that these battery packs act very much like an accelerant.
I do recall seeing that a Tesla managed to reignite in flames, days after it was extinguished from an accident. Part of that is probably due to the fact that firefighters haven't been trained how to properly disable the electrical system.
HFCV have to comply with rigorous crash tests, and I've yet to see an accident that resulted in having one of the tanks damaged. Both the range and charge times exceed what's currently on offer even in the high spec EV's.