Due to the risk of fire, Chevrolet recalled more than 68,000 bolts from the 2017-2019 models. After the bolts parked on fire, there were 50,925 bolts in the United States. Chevrolet provides Bolt owners with a slightly more complicated band-aid until Chevrolet can provide a more permanent solution.
In the two fires, there were smoke inhalation injuries, but no smoke injuries in the other fires. So far, GM has found five of them. According to “Auto News”. GM believes that they are related to the batteries it purchases from LG Chem and makes in Korea. In all five fires, General Motors stated that the battery capacity is full, so it is recommended that car owners with 2017, 2018 or 2019 bolts take measures to limit the battery capacity to 90%.
General also Have a website Dedicated to this issue, and NHTSA Also get involved.
General Motors Bolt Chief Engineer Jesse Ortega said in the video that if you have 2017 or 2018 bolts, you should use Hilltop Reserve mode until the problem is solved. Ortega said that for those who own the 2019 Bolts, the target charging setting should be changed to 90%. If you are unable to make these changes or feel uncomfortable, Ortega said that due to a fire, you should park Bolt outside the garage instead of in the carport.
Ortega shows you how to make changes at approximately the 2:30 mark in the following video:
General Motors said it will provide software updates to dealers on Monday, which will automatically restrict Bolts from charging more than 90% of fees after the software is installed, and affected Bolt owners should make an appointment with dealers to install the update.
Ortega said that another software update will be rolled out sometime early next year, and General Motors is working “round the clock” to find out what happened and issue a permanent fix. The solution will reduce battery power to 90% by at least January 1, 2021.
In my opinion, all of this is part of what makes the recall look more and more like with the use of electric vehicles: fixes through software updates.