I ran into my first serious issue with my ‘21 eTron today. It threw an “Electrical System: Malfunction” error & shut down the car to where I couldn’t drive it. It had to be towed to the nearest dealership. It happened while I was charging at my local Electrify America Charging Station.
I pulled in with 15 miles of charge left on my eTron. I plugged in & activated the charger via MyAudi App as I usually do. I hopped back in the car to work on my laptop while it charged. It made it to 131 miles (~ 60%) of charge when I suddenly heard a loud boom & noticed smoke coming out of the vent on the charging station. I hopped out to see the charger had stopped, and it instructed me to unplug. I turned to my charge port & noticed the flashing red LED. I pressed the button on the side a couple of times to disengage the plug. Fortunately, on the third attempt, the light turned white & it relinquished the charging plug. That’s when I hopped back in my eTron and tried to start it up.
I got the Electrical Systems: Malfunction error as well as a Drive System error. It effectively would not allow me to move/drive my eTron. While it would shift to R and D, it would not move. Luckily, we only needed to get it into N for the tow truck driver to pull it up onto the flatbed.
I’ve not found this error mentioned anywhere yet. I wondered if anyone might be familiar with it & what it entails. Audi Dealership said it could be end of the week before they may have an update for me. I’m most concerned that the EA Charging Station may have fried my eTron, but that’s just me thinking the worst.