Proprietors of 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV types have experienced to contend with a lessened driving assortment for lots of months, as GM attempted to locate a treatment for a battery relevant fireplace issue that culminated with a plan to exchange all battery modules. 

Now GM has confirmed that it is really stepping up by offering a major array strengthen for individuals before Bolt EVs. 

In a conversation to some owners sent more than the weekend—spotted by pals of Environmentally friendly Automobile Studies—the automaker emphasised that the all-new lithium-ion battery modules put in in more mature Bolt EVs will offer you “GM’s most innovative Bolt chemistry.” 

GM warranty communication on 2017 Chevy Bolt EV - August 2021

GM warranty conversation on 2017 Chevy Bolt EV – August 2021

Their pending 8-% increase in battery ability is described as “resulting in a selection advancement in equal driving disorders,” and contains a new 8-yr/100,000-mile confined components guarantee covering the battery immediately after the module substitute. 

“We will switch the modules in the 2017-2019 inhabitants with the latest generation cell chemistry, which would deliver that amount of assortment advancement,” GM spokesperson Kevin Kelly confirmed to Inexperienced Car or truck Experiences Monday.

That could be a very fantastic offer for Bolt EV entrepreneurs and drivers about the lengthy run. 

For 2020, GM nudged up the variety of the Bolt EV by about precisely that amount—to 259 miles, from the prior 238—through the use of a new, a lot more power-dense lithium-ion mobile from LG. That brought the formal vitality potential of the pack from 60 kilowatt-hrs up to 65 kwh as at the moment labeled. 

The capacity and range increase for 2020 followed a functioning improve to the cells partway through the 2019 product yr, as GM switched creation of the Bolt EV’s cells from Ochang, South Korea, to Holland, Michigan. GM in the beginning explained that only the before South Korean cells had been affected by the issue, but before this thirty day period it expanded the recall to all Bolt EV types created to date—including 2020-2022 Chevy Bolt EV and new 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV models. 

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, street exam, California coastline, Sep 2016

Beneath a remember announced August 20 and posted in full by NHTSA last week, GM observed: “Defective battery modules will be replaced by GM, free of charge of demand.” But it hadn’t mentioned, specifically, which cells it would use as replacements.

As portion of the not long ago expanded recall, GM also noted that owners are recommended to set the Target Demand Level element on the Bolt to limit charging to 90 percent. Past that, it advises owners to demand much more often to stay away from depleting the battery to 70 miles remaining to park exterior soon after charging and to not demand the motor vehicle indoors right away. 

GM once more recommended that the impacted modes “may pose a chance of fireplace when billed to whole, or incredibly shut to full, ability.”

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Past week’s remember included a end-sale and keep on the supply and use of all associated Bolt EVs that are in supplier possession—including new and employed inventory, shuttle motor vehicles, and demos—and GM Accredited Utilised Bolt EVs currently in GM’s method will be de-certified, according to a recall doc. 

Production paused

It truly is also stopped making Bolt EV and EUV products. “We’re nonetheless doing the job with LG on any prospective modifications needed to the manufacturing course of action at their plants,” reported Kelly.

Automakers rarely single out suppliers in recalls, but GM created take note that it was seeking reimbursement for the remember effort—now likely at a complete of $1.8 billion—due to two diverse problems in affected cells.

These house owners of more mature Bolt EVs have already been encouraged to established their greatest charge to 90% for months, and were named again to the dealership for the set up of “advanced onboard diagnostic software” that was supposed to detect those probable battery problems in advance of they happened. But it did not end the cases of fireplace. 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV review update - Portland OR

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV overview update – Portland OR

GM will be facing people hurdles, but there could be a purchaser gain in this. Batteries are the most high priced one part of electric powered cars, and at the time the cars are preset, house owners will in some respects have a new EV, devoid of the new-EV payments.

Assume of it this way: It is not uncommon to see 10 percent battery degradation after a couple many years of EV ownership. Now for the inconvenience, any variety drop will be erased, and they’ll likely be receiving more array than the autos did when new. For a business that’s depending on the standing of its upcoming Ultium EVs for a 10 years of progress, that seems like a smart transfer.