GM’s installing software on Chevy Bolts to help prevent battery fires
Basic Motors has lastly revealed its plan to repair the problem on the heart of final 12 months’s Chevy Bolt recall, which the automaker issued in response to a handful of battery pack fires. Affected prospects have to carry their Bolts to a vendor so the battery packs will be inspected, and GM says among the modules that make up the pack could also be changed if any “anomalies” are discovered. However sellers may also set up “superior onboard diagnostic software” on all the affected autos.
That software, GM says, shall be ready to “detect potential points associated to adjustments in battery module efficiency earlier than issues can develop.” The corporate says the software shall be customary on all new Bolts transferring ahead.
Following final 12 months’s recall, GM launched a software replace to sellers that restricted the affected Bolts’ full battery capability to simply 90 % in an effort to prevent fires. The corporate says sellers have been instructed to take away that restrict when prospects carry their Bolts in to get the brand new repair.
Whereas there have been solely round 5 experiences of fires, the issue with the Bolt’s battery pack was regarding as a result of it makes use of the identical cells from LG Chem which might be on the heart of an identical drawback with Hyundai’s Kona EV. Hyundai recalled the Kona EV earlier this 12 months in South Korea and within the US after greater than a dozen experiences of fires, and it has since outright canceled the electrical SUV in its residence market following a drop-off in gross sales. Hyundai’s recall concerned a extra dramatic repair, although, because the automaker is changing whole battery packs for affected prospects.
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