Production Ford Kuga PHEV halted due to battery problem


About 900 Kugas involved in the Netherlands

Ford has halted production and delivery of the Kuga PHEV, the brand communicates to customers in a video. An unknown problem with the batteries, which could start a fire, is the cause. Owners of a Kuga PHEV are advised not to charge the battery and only drive in ‘EV-Auto’ mode. In the Netherlands this concerns about 900 cars.

The Ford Kuga PHEV has been recalled once before. Then there was also a fire hazard and the high voltage plug was replaced where necessary. Apparently that did not solve the problem, because Ford has halted production of the Kuga until further notice. In a video addressed to Kuga drivers, Ford Germany Marketing and Sales Director Hans Jörg Klein said solving the problem would probably be a matter of months rather than weeks. For all markets where the Kuga PHEV is available, Ford has recorded such a video in the language of the respective country.

Ford Netherlands confirms opposite AutoWeek that the delivery of the Kuga PHEV has also stopped in the Netherlands. According to the spokesperson, the problems must first be identified and resolved. Ford does not know exactly what the problem with the batteries is. That is why the more than 900 Kuga PHEVs that are currently on the road in the Netherlands are not yet being recalled. The cars are allowed to continue running, but Ford recommends not charging the batteries and driving only in hybrid ‘EV Auto’ mode.

Owners of a Kuga PHEV receive compensation from Ford with a fuel card of € 500 and an extended warranty to 5 years and 100,000 km. If customers have already purchased this warranty when purchasing the car, Ford offers a service contract.

CO2 target

The Kuga PHEV is an important vehicle for Ford in Europe to achieve the European CO2 standard of 95 grams per kilometer. Ford does not dare to say whether the brand is at risk because of the production stop. Incidentally, these issues are specifically related to the Kuga PHEV. The Mustang Mach-E’s batteries are sourced from a different supplier, so that model doesn’t have to deal with these issues.

Reporting

Brand

Ford

Model

Kuga 2.5 PHEV Trend

Body

5-door, suv

Transmission

vending machine

Drive

front-wheel drive

price

€ 35.145

Specifications

Fuel

elektro / benzine

Motor

4-cyl. in line, plug-in hybrid

Cylinder capacity

2.488 cc

Maximum power

165 kW / 225 pk

Maximum torque

200

Battery capacity

14 kWh

Fuel tank capacity

45 l

Length Width Height

4.614 mm / 1.883 mm / 1.661 mm

Wheelbase

2.710 mm

Mass empty

1.744 kg

Load capacity

576 kg

Trailer mass braked / unbraked

1,200 kg / 750 kg

Ties 225 / 65R17 Prices
Top speed

200 km / h

Acceleratie 0-100 km/h

9,2 s

Fuel consumption

0,0 l/100km

CO2 emissions (WLTP)

32 g / km

Extensive specifications

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