It’s GM issuing another revocation for 2017 to 2019. Bolt EVs due to potential fire problems. The company says it plans to replace defective batteries, but until that fails, it advises Bolt customers to limit charging to 90 percent and not to exceed a range below 70 miles. It is too repeating last week’s recommendation against parking indoors and leaving cars to charge overnight without supervision. The latest recall follows a similar one from last November, where GM pulled more than 68,000 bolts.
The company also suggests that Bolt customers visit their nearest Chevy EV distributor for them advanced diagnostic software, which should alert them before any future battery problems. Hyundai, which also produces batteries from LG Chem like GM, eventually replaced more than 75,000 batteries for its Kona EV.
While it may sound alarming – GM recalls were caused by five fires in Bolt between 2017 and 2019 – it is worth noting that petrol cars typically cause around 150 fires a day, according to the FEMA report. Still, electric vehicle manufacturers must prove that they can deal potentially responsibly before harming more people (and before this leads to a more negative feeling about electric vehicles).
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