General Motors has released a software update for the 2019 Chevy Bolt EV that will lift range and charging restrictions on the vehicle and allow owners to once again park within 50 feet of another vehicle.
According to Automotive News, the GM software update is now available for owners of the 2019 Chevy Bolt EV. The update limits the battery capacity of the vehicle to 80 percent, allowing owners who have not yet received a replacement battery module to safely park indoors and within 50 feet of another vehicle. The software update will also allow owners to charge their vehicles overnight and operate them below 70 miles of range. GM had warned customers against engaging in these behaviors with their Chevy Bolt EV models, as they could pose a safety risk should the vehicle catch on fire.
In addition, the software update will be able to detect faults within the vehicle’s battery pack that could indicate when the battery has a problem that could lead to a fire. The battery fires reported in Chevy Bolt EV vehicles have been traced back to a rare situation in which a torn anode tab and folded separator are present within the same battery cell. This detection software will also help GM determine which vehicles will need a full battery module replacement under the recall.
This software update is currently only available for 2019 Chevy Bolt EV models. The automaker is working on a software update for 2017-2018 model-year vehicles and 2020-2022 model-year vehicles, which are expected to be released within the next 30 days, AN reports.
Owners of 2019 Chevy Bolt EV models must schedule an appointment with their dealership in order to have the update installed on their vehicle. Owners of 2017-2018 and 2020-2022 Bolts will receive a letter from GM when the software is available for their vehicle, at which point they too will be encouraged to make an appointment with their dealer to have the update installed.