GM is, in fact, once again recalling nearly 70,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles. That is because of a risk that the battery will catch fire when the car is parking.
GM and Risk of Battery Fire
Moreover, the company does not have a fix for the problem. Since early 2020, it has been tying to at least nine fires nationwide. In fact, this new fix will likely involve replacing battery modules. Or, in fact, perhaps the entire battery pack, said GM spokesperson Dan Flores.
GM: Precautions to Take for Bolt Owners
Moreover, GM and federal safety regulators are going to prove steps that Bolt owners should take before their cars can, in fact, be repairing. These also include not parking it in a garage. Moreover, next to another structure such as a home or other building. It would be due to the risk of a fire spreading. Thus, all the fires would occur when the cars were parking. In fact, then there are two reports of injuries.
Bolt and its Significance
GM’s action is significant. That is given how pivotal the Bolt is to its efforts to shift from gasoline-powered cars and trucks to an all-electric future. Though the number of cars is in comparison small for a recall.
EV Sold in North America
Moreover, the Bolt is the only EV that GM currently sells in North America. However, it has other EVs it sells elsewhere. It includes China. The U.S. sales of the Bolt have been climbing quickly. Thus rising 142% to 20,000 in the first six months of this year. Versus comparing with the first half of 2020. In the model years 2020 and 2021, the Bolts have a newer type of battery than the ones that caught fire.
GM is trying to expand its EV business just as the latest fire risk has come.
Different Electric Vehicles
GM has planned to invest $35 billion to unveil 30 different vehicles over the next four years. In fact, 20 of them are slated for the U.S. market alone. By 2025, the company said it expects to be selling 1 million EVs annually. It has a set goal of selling only emission-free vehicles by 2035.