GM will attempt to “scale back the chance” of fires by flashing the Bolt’s firmware to restrict prices to 90 p.c capability. The replace ought to be out there beginning November seventeenth. The corporate ought to have a extra definitive treatment in 2021, and is telling current drivers to make use of both the Hilltop Reserve setting (2018 and earlier) or Goal Cost Degree (on 2019 fashions) to cap cost ranges.
Battery fires in EVs are unusual, however additionally they aren’t new. The NHTSA is already investigating Tesla over hearth reviews, whereas Audi and others have additionally recalled some autos. These remembers have been usually a lot smaller, although (Audi’s lined simply 500 E-Tron models), whereas GM’s displays a big portion of the Bolt buyer base. If nothing else, this can be a reminder that there are nonetheless a number of lingering questions on EV battery security.