GM Recalls over 50,000 Electric Vehicles
Recently, General Motors announced that they would be recalling their Chevy Bolt electric vehicle due to a battery charging issue. According to the terms outlined in the recall notice, over 50,000 Bolts are being included in the recall.
Based on the information provided, the recall is due in large part to a potential fire hazard that is created when the Bolt’s battery is fully charged. Lithium ion batteries, which are featured in the Bolt and other popular electronic items such as Apple smartphones, can create excess heat inside the battery which, in turn, results in unnecessary wear and tear. In a recent software update to the vehicle, GM has capped charging levels in the Bolt at 90%.
Between the years of 2017 and 2019, over 80,000 Bolts have been sold to customers. With that in mind, it can be seen that this particular recall affects over half of the total Bolt fleet. And, seeing as how electric vehicles are being increasingly the “go-to” vehicle for consumers, it remains to be seen whether or not this recall will have a significant. impact on GM’s short or long-term financial prospects. More information about the recall will be provided as it becomes available.
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