Per a recent report from The Detroit News, the new software limits Chevy Bolt EV and EUV models to a maximum of 80-percent battery charge, and enables customers to charge their vehicle indoors overnight, use the vehicle with less than 70 miles of range, and park inside after charging.
The new software was previously available for 2017 through 2019 Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV models. Now, the software has expanded availability for 2020-through-2022 model-year vehicles. Customers are encouraged to reach out to their local Chevrolet dealer for more information on acquiring the software update.
Earlier this year, General Motors recalled all Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV models in response to a potential manufacturing defect in the vehicles’ battery pack. Affected battery packs had a torn anode tab and folded separator present within one or multiple battery cells, which could result in a fire. At this point, General Motors has confirmed that the defect has resulted in 18 fires around the world, with minor injuries and no deaths.
Following the discovery of the manufacturing defect, General Motors advised Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV customers to limit charging their battery below the maximum capacity, as well as to avoid depleting the battery below 70 miles of range and to park their vehicle outside after charging, as well as to avoid charging their vehicle indoors overnight.
General Motors has committed to replacing the battery packs on all Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV models. GM’s battery partner, LG Corp, has agreed to reimburse GM for much of the costs and expenses associated with the recall, a bill expected total roughly $1.9 billion.