Audi e-tron electric car controversy over low-temperature mileage error… Is the authentication cancelled?

It was confirmed that Audi’s first pure electric vehicle’e-tron’ had an error in the mileage certification process by the Ministry of Environment. The Ministry of Environment began investigating the company for violations of the Air Conservation Act.

According to Audi Volkswagen Korea and the Ministry of Environment on the 19th, Audi recently recognized an error in the low-temperature environment mileage of the’e-tron 55 quattro’ vehicle certified by the Ministry of Environment, resubmitted related data, and is undergoing follow-up procedures.

An Audi official said, “I recently learned that the mileage in the low temperature environment was measured based on the US standard, so I resubmitted the test data according to Korean regulations.” Initially, the driving distance of the e-tron for a single charge was 307 km at room temperature (20 degrees) and 306 km at low temperatures (less than minus 6.7 degrees). Audi’s new low-temperature mileage is 80% of the previous results.

The low-temperature mileage is the standard for subsidies for electric vehicles. However, Audi explained that in the case of this car, all domestic imports were sold before the subsidy application result came out, so there was no history of subsidy payments.

According to the Ministry of Environment’s’Regulations on Test Inspection and Procedures for Manufactured Vehicles’, in Korea, the mileage is measured “with the heater operating at its maximum”, but in the United States, the test results differ by operating only the defrost function. The Ministry of Environment plans to investigate the violation of the Air Conservation Act against Audi Volkswagen Korea, while sending the vehicle to the National Institute of Environmental Sciences to re-verify the mileage results.

Audi is worried that the Diesel Gate’s nightmare in 2015 will be reenacted. At that time, an investigation was conducted in Korea due to the aftermath of a diesel gate that started in Europe, and as a result, operations related to exhaust gas were detected, and sales were suspended for two years, and then business resumed in April 2018. An Audi official explained, “It wasn’t that the low-temperature mileage figure was manipulated, but it was mistaken for the US standard, and it was first submitted, and it was discovered during a recent internal inspection, and the correction data was first submitted to the Ministry of Environment.”

Byungwook Cho, reporter [email protected]

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