GM says it will start producing replacement batteries for bolts


General Motors said Monday that production of battery modules used in the recalled Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle will resume and customers will be able to start obtaining replacement parts by mid-October.

According to GM, supplier LG has resumed production at its plants in Hazel Park, the Netherlands, Michigan, adding capacity to increase battery cells.

According to GM, the recall follows 13 battery fire reports and can occur if there are two separate defects in the battery module. Over 140,000 volts will be subject to recall and are expected to cost $ 1.8 billion. GM said it is continuing to negotiate with LG about who will pay.

General Motors shares fell more than 5% in the afternoon trading.

GM said it plans to develop diagnostic battery software that allows car owners to charge their cars unattended and at full power over the next 60 days. Currently, owners are told to limit charging to 90% and park outdoors.

GM and LG have been looking at ways to repair the battery.

“We have a complete picture of how these flaws occurred … to prevent them from happening in the future, which is why we resumed production,” said Tim Grewe, GM’s Director of Battery Cell Engineering. I told reporters on Monday.

Gru said the company’s goal in rebuilding customer confidence was “to statistically prove that none of these flaws could get out of our factory.”

Recalls rank customers according to battery manufacturing location and charging style. Owners who run the battery at near zero power before charging usually increase the risk of fire, according to company officials.

GM closed the Orion plant, where bolts are manufactured, until the week of October 11. There were no updates to resume production there.

Recalls are an obstacle to GM’s promotion of selling more electric vehicles and ultimately only vehicles with no emissions. In addition to the recalls of Ford, BMW and Hyundai, safety issues have been raised regarding lithium-ion batteries used in almost all electric vehicles.

GM issued its first bolt recall last November after receiving a report of the fire. One of the reports of the fire spread to the house.

David K├Ânig

Associated Press