The American company General Motors has announced the recall of its Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars due to the threat of a battery fire. The campaign started in the fall of 2020 and includes 110,000 electric vehicles. In anticipation of replacing defective battery modules, the automaker has issued instructions on how to take care of their vehicle, but according to a survey by Recurrent, around 30% of Bolt owners do not follow this guide correctly.
Our data shows that many Chevy Bolt owners will have to change their behavior, ”said CEO Scott Case. Many Chevy Bolt electric vehicle owners ignore safety guidelines when charging under recall conditions.
As we noted, GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have offered various solutions to this problem since they first announced the recall of the 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles in November 2020. Electric vehicle owners should not park indoors or charge the battery over 90% (the setting can be changed using Bolt Hilltop Reserve for 2017-2018 vehicles and Target Charge Level on later models). After that, drivers were advised not to allow the range to drop below 70 miles. The 2019 Bolt EV and all Bolt EVs and Bolt EUVs from 2020-2022 are also eligible for the revocable campaign this month.
GM’s total costs are now estimated at $ 1.8 billion. The total number of Bolt EV fires allegedly caused by this defect is quite low. The NHTSA opened an investigation into the three fires and later said it was aware of four fires that occurred despite drivers following the proposed action.