Chevrolet Bolt EV software update fixes battery fire issue

  • GM has announced that it will deploy a software update to help resolve battery issues with its Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV for owners whose batteries have not yet been replaced as part of a recall.
  • The automaker has issued a recall on every Bolt made from the 2017 to 2022 model years because the battery could catch fire.
  • After the update, Bolt owners will once again be able to park inside a garage, charge the vehicle overnight indoors, and drive their electric vehicles when less than 70 miles of range are left. , all things they were asked not to do during the recall period. .

    General Motors has announced that it will be rolling out a software update for 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV owners over the next 30 days. This update is intended for vehicles whose batteries have not yet been replaced as part of the ongoing Bolt battery recall, GM said. Owners of Bolt EV and EUV vehicles from model years 2017-2018 and 2020 or later will also receive the software update within the next 30 days.

    After the software update, these vehicles can again be parked and recharged indoors, like in a garage, and can be driven until the range is less than 70 miles – all things owners do. had been warned not to do so as part of the ongoing recall. . This will become possible because the update will limit the state of charge of the battery to 80%. The update will also run diagnostics “designed to detect specific anomalies that may indicate a rare battery problem,” GM said.

    GM’s statement said full battery replacements will continue. This software update is a step taken “while we work on building replacement battery modules,” the company said. In late July, the company issued a statement saying battery shipments were “on hold” and reiterated in a September letter to a customer filed with NHTSA that parts were not available.

    Owners of 2019 Bolt vehicles who have not yet had the battery fully replaced should contact their dealers, GM said. Them or others who want more information can visit or the NHTSA Recall website.

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