New software update for Bolt EVs will limit charging to 80%, avert fire risk

General Motors has introduced that it has began rolling out a software update for all 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs which are but to obtain a battery module alternative so as to avert fire risk whereas charging, Electrek reported. The new update will limit battery charging in Bolt EVs to 80% and will additionally enable house owners to totally discharge battery cost, if obligatory, to extract extra driving vary.

Owners of Bolt EVs from mannequin years 2017–2018 and 2020 or later will additionally obtain the brand new software update someday within the subsequent 30 days.

The new software update will come as a breather to all Bolt EVs house owners who’re nonetheless ready for the battery module alternative. “Software update… will take away the parking and charging limitations on their automobiles whereas we work on constructing alternative battery modules,” General Motors knowledgeable in an announcement despatched to Electrek.

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The update will additionally run diagnostics for battery car to detect particular abnormalities that may point out a uncommon battery difficulty.

Bolt EV house owners have been earlier suggested to cost their automobiles to a most of 90% and extract a minimal of 70 miles of vary. They have been additionally suggested to park their automobiles 50 toes away from others, not cost their automobiles in a single day and likewise to not cost their automobiles indoors. But with the brand new update, all these restrictions will be dropped.

Meanwhile, the automaker will proceed with the beforehand introduced recall process for over 140,000 Bolts EVs from 2017 to 2022 mannequin years to substitute battery modules. The new battery modules for the recalled Chevrolet Bolt EVs will embrace an prolonged restricted battery guarantee of 8-year/100,000-mile.

The carmaker additionally reached an settlement with its South Korean battery accomplice LG Electronics final month to recuperate a value of $1.9 billion from the latter out of the $2 billion spent within the prices for the recall of Chevrolet Bolt EVs. The automaker will acknowledge the recovery in its third-quarter earnings report.


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