A 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV caught fire at a home in Cherokee County, Georgia on September 13, 2021, according to local firefighters.
Cherokee County Fire Department
DETROIT – General Motors plans to start replacing battery modules in Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles recalled due to fire hazards as early as next month, the company said on Monday.
The time has come after the automaker’s battery supplier LG Chem restarted production of battery cells with updated manufacturing processes at factories in Michigan, GM said. Cell production slumped last month following two rare manufacturing issues forcing GM to recall more than 140,000 electric vehicles over the risk of batteries spontaneously igniting.
GM has confirmed 13 battery fires around the world. The automaker identified the issues as a torn anode and a bent separator, both of which must be present in the same battery cell.
The recall is expected to cost the automaker $ 1.8 billion, part of which the automaker is negotiating to recover from LG Chem, according to GM.
In addition to shipping new battery modules to dealerships starting next month, GM also plans to roll out a diagnostic software update for battery monitoring over the next 60 days.
GM said diagnostic software will be designed to detect specific anomalies that could indicate a damaged battery in Bolt EVs by monitoring battery performance; alert customers to any anomalies; and prioritize damaged battery modules for replacement.
Vermont State Police released this photo of the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV that caught fire on July 1, 2021 in the driveway of State Representative Timothy Briglin, a Democrat.
Vermont State Police
GM will prioritize Chevy Bolt EV and EUV customers whose batteries were manufactured during specific times when GM believes battery faults appear to be clustered.
The recalled vehicles include all Chevy Bolt electric vehicles produced since 2016, including a larger version of the recently released car known as the Bolt EUV.
GM says owners with questions should visit www.chevy.com/boltevrecall, contact their Chevrolet EV hotline at 1-833-EVCHEVY or contact their preferred Chevrolet EV dealer.