GM to start fixing recalled Chevy Bolt EVs subsequent month attributable to fireplace dangers

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A 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV caught fireplace at a house in Cherokee County, Georgia on Sept. 13, 2021, based on the native fireplace division.

Cherokee County Fireplace Division

DETROIT – General Motors expects to start changing battery modules in recalled Chevrolet Bolt EVs attributable to fireplace dangers as quickly as subsequent month, the corporate introduced Monday.

The timing comes after the automaker’s battery provider LG Chem restarted manufacturing of battery cells with up to date manufacturing processes at vegetation in Michigan, GM stated. Cell manufacturing went down final month following two uncommon manufacturing points forcing GM to recall more than 140,000 of the EVs attributable to threat of the batteries spontaneously catching fireplace.

GM has confirmed 13 battery fires globally. The automaker has recognized the issues as a torn anode and a folded separator, each of which must be current in the identical battery cell.

The recall is predicted to value the automaker $1.8 billion, a few of which the automaker is negotiating to recoup from LG Chem, based on GM.

Along with transport new battery modules to sellers starting subsequent month, GM additionally plans to rollout a software program diagnostic replace for battery monitoring within the subsequent 60 days.

GM stated the diagnostic software program might be designed to detect particular abnormalities which may point out a broken battery in Bolt EVs by monitoring the battery efficiency; alerting prospects of any anomalies; and prioritizing broken battery modules for alternative.

The Vermont State Police launched this picture of the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV that caught fireplace on July 1, 2021 within the driveway of state Rep. Timothy Briglin, a Democrat.

Vermont State Police

GM will prioritize Chevy Bolt EV and EUV prospects whose batteries have been manufactured throughout particular timeframes the place GM believes battery defects seem like clustered.

The recalled autos embrace all Chevy Bolt EVs that have been produced since 2016, together with a not too long ago launched bigger model of the automobile often called the Bolt EUV.

GM says homeowners with questions ought to go to www.chevy.com/boltevrecall, contact its Chevrolet EV assist line at 1-833-EVCHEVY or contact their most well-liked Chevrolet EV vendor.