According to Reuters, GM has implemented this precaution to “reduce potential damage to structures and nearby vehicles in the rare event of a potential fire.” The automaker had already suggested owners park their vehicles outdoors and not leave them charging unattended due to fire risks, but issued this new guidance in response to owners who had questions regarding the safety of using parking garages/parking decks. Owners are also advised to limit charging their vehicles to under 90-percent capacity using the Target Charge Level mode, avoid frequent charging sessions and avoid depleting their battery below 70 miles of range.
GM expanded its recall of the Chevy Bolt EV in August to include the 2020 and 2021 model-year Bolt EV, along with the refreshed 2022 Bolt EV and new 2022 Bolt EUV crossover. The recall now includes more than 140,000 vehicles from the 2017 to 2022 model years. GM has yet to issue a permanent fix for the problem and says its engineers, along with experts from its battery manufacturing partner LG Energy Solution, “continue to work around the clock on the issues.”
GM has traced the battery fires back to a torn anode tab and folded separator within one or multiple battery cells. The automaker said this week it is working with LG Energy Solution to find the root cause of these battery manufacturing issues and to “clean up the manufacturing process” at two LG Energy Solution plants in Michigan and South Korea. It is also seeking reimbursement from LG for the cost of the recall, which is expected to top $1.8 billion.
Production of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV has been put on pause at the GM Orion Assembly plant in Michigan until further notice in light of the recall. Production will not return until the automaker is “confident LG can provide us with good battery modules,” a GM spokesperson said this week. A stop-sale order is effective on all Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV models, as well.