Following last NovemberRecall of 68,000 Chevy Bolt electric vehicles for inspectionAfter installing the new software, I thought that Chevy Bolt’s battery problem could finally come to an end. What I did not expect is that General Motors has once again expanded the scope of the recall to include a total of 73,000 vehicles worldwide, from the first generation to the latest generation. .
Originally, General Motors was investigating Chevy Bolt’s battery problem. It identified the culprit at a battery factory of LG Chemical Solution in South Korea and recalled all batteries shipped from that factory. However, a few weeks ago, another battery fire occurred in Chandler, Arizona. The investigated vehicle was a 2019 model and the battery was produced by another LG factory. This made GM suspect that not only the original factory had a problem, but the production process of all factories was flawed, which led to this second wave of recalls.
All vehicles from 2017 to 2019 will be replaced with all five battery modules, and the 8-year 100,000-mile warranty will be recalculated; and for 2020 or newer vehicles, only the defective modules will be replaced. Before it’s your turn to update, GM’s advice to car owners is to limit the battery power to 90% first, and don’t park indoors.
The second wave of recalls is expected to cost General Motors a billion dollars, but more troublesome is the impact on the brand. In June, the private company increased the total investment in electric vehicles and self-driving cars from 2020 to 2025 to 35 billion U.S. dollars. It hopes that there will be more than 30 electric vehicles sold in 2025, and the product line will be fully converted in 2035. For electric vehicles. But now there is another car burning accident. GM can only suspend the production of Bolt until it is confirmed that there is no problem with LG’s battery.