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Chevrolet Bolt Recall: A New Software Limits Charge to 80%, But Parking Restrictions are Removed

Chevrolet Bolt owners will be able to use their car almost normally soon

  • The Recall began in August

  • The software is a stop-gap until all batteries have been replaced

  • This will make owner’s life easier

In another installment of the Bolt Recall, General Motors will install a new software in the cars that will limit the maximum state of charge to 80%, but will remove most other restrictions.

For the last four months, owners of the Chevrolet Bolt and Bolt EUV electric hatchbacks have had to comply with very restrictive guidelines concerning the use of their vehicle in order to limit the risk of injuries or damage if the battery were to catch fire.

The solution to the problem is to replace the battery packs, which were found to have manufacturing defects that can start a fire during or after charging.

Since every single Bolt model ever produced is affected by this recall, the number of battery packs needed is huge and the current component shortage is not helping the situation, since the production of the batteries is slowed down.

In order to limit the risk of damages or injuries, General Motors had published guidelines that dictated owners how to use and charge their vehicles.

These guidelines are very strict and they have made many owners unable to use their car normally.

For example, Bolt models should be supervised while they charge, meaning it can’t be done at night, and they should not be parked indoors during or after a charge. In addition, the range should never be let to drop below 70 miles (113 kilometers) and the state of charge should never exceed 90%.

In order to make living with the Bolt more normal and pleasant until every battery was replaced, GM is now introducing a new software that will limit the maximum state of charge to 80%, but will allow for most restrictions to be lifted.

Additionally, even if the maximum charge is set lower, the ability to discharge the vehicle fully means this update will give more actual range.

This software will also add better diagnostic tools that can detect a problem before it causes a fire.

Owners of 2019 model year Bolt models will be the first to receive the software, which needs to be installed at the dealership, since their cars seem to be the most problematic.

Every other Bolt owner will be able to benefit from the update in the next month or so and the battery replacements have already begun, so this saga is slowly coming to an end.

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