GM is recalling roughly 70,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs (electric vehicles) once again due to the risk of the battery catching fire when the vehicle is parked. The problem, which has been linked to a minimum of nine fires around the country since early 2020, has eluded the corporation. According to GM spokesperson Dan Flores, the new remedy will most likely entail changing battery modules, if not the complete battery pack.
Before their vehicles can be repaired, GM and federal safety inspectors are advising Bolt owners to take certain precautions. Due to the possibility of a fire spreading, they comprise not parking it in the garage or close to another structure like a home or other building. All of the fires occurred while the automobiles were parked, and two people were injured.
While the recall affects a limited number of vehicles, it is noteworthy considering the Bolt’s importance in GM’s ambitions to transition from gasoline-fueled trucks and cars to an all-electric future.
GM presently only offers the Bolt in North America; however, it does sell other EVs in other countries, including China. The Bolt has been selling well in the United States, with sales up 142 percent to 20,000 during the first half of this year compared to the corresponding time in 2020. The Bolts for model years 2020 and 2021 use a different battery than the kind that caught fire. This additional fire hazard comes as GM tries to expand its electric vehicle business.
GM aims to invest $35 billion over the next four years to launch 30 different electric vehicles, 20 of which will be sold in the United States alone. By 2025, the business plans to sell 1 million electric vehicles per year, with the objective of selling only zero-emission vehicles by 2035.
The two Bolt models, the Bolt EV as well as Bolt EUV, were introduced earlier this year. The GMC Hummer EV truck will be available later this year, while the Cadillac Lyriq, the premium brand’s first EV, will be available late next year.
GM first issued a recall of the impacted Bolts in November 2020, but it said it didn’t know how to solve the problem at the time, as it does now. In May, it released a software update, but two fires occurred in vehicles that received the software fix, forcing the latest recall.
The most expensive part of an electric car is the battery pack, and changing it might be very pricey. After 15 instances of fires affecting the vehicles, Hyundai recalled electric cars averaging 82,000 worldwide earlier this year to substitute their batteries at the cost of roughly $11,000 per vehicle.