Devindra Hardawar is Senior Editor at Engadget.
GM is issuing a second recall for Bolt EVs from 2017 to 2019 due to possible fire issues. The company plans to replace defective batteries, but advises Bolt customers to limit their charge to up to 90 percent and not go below 70 miles. It also reiterates a recommendation from last week to park indoors and charge the car unattended overnight. This most recent recall follows a similar one made last November in which GM recalled more than 68,000 bolts.
The company also suggests that Bolt customers visit their nearest Chevy EV dealer for the advanced diagnostic software that should warn them of future battery problems. Hyundai, which like GM also sources batteries from LG Chem, eventually replaced more than 75,000 batteries for its Kona EV.
While it may sound alarming – GM’s recalls were triggered by five bolt fires between 2017 and 2019 – it’s worth noting that gasoline cars typically cause around 150 fires a day, according to a FEMA report. Still, EV manufacturers need to demonstrate that they can responsibly deal with potential problems before they can harm more people (and before that leads to a more negative EV sentiment).
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