Common Motors mentioned Monday it’ll replace battery modules in recalled Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV automobiles as quickly as subsequent month now that provider LG Chem has restarted manufacturing of cells at two Michigan factories.
Substitute modules, that are made up of lithium-ion battery cells, will start delivery to sellers as quickly as mid-October, the corporate mentioned. Chevy Bolt EV homeowners will have the ability to convey their automobiles to the dealership, the place the previous modules will probably be swapped out for brand spanking new ones.
GM halted manufacturing of Chevy Bolt EV and EUVs in August as a consequence of a battery pack scarcity associated to the widespread security recall of the 2 electrical automobiles. The production downtime has been extended twice since then. Battery packs in EVs are comprised of modules.
The recall, which incorporates all Chevy Bolt EV and EUV fashions made since 2017, was issued after the automaker found two manufacturing defects within the battery cell — a torn anode tab and folded separator — that might improve the chance of fireside. The hearth danger prompted GM to suggest Bolt homeowners set the car to a 90% state of cost limitation, keep away from depleting the battery under 70 miles of vary and cost the car extra incessantly. GM nonetheless recommends homeowners park their Bolt EV and EUVs outdoors instantly after charging and to not depart automobiles charging indoors in a single day.
LG has new manufacturing processes in place and has labored with GM to enhance its high quality assurance applications to offer confidence in its batteries shifting ahead. GM mentioned the battery provider will institute these new processes in different amenities that offer cells to the automaker.
Doug Parks, GM’s govt vice chairman of world product growth, buying and provide chain, famous in a press release that resuming battery module manufacturing is a primary step. Nevertheless, GM’s Chevy Bolt EV drawback just isn’t completely solved. The corporate should full the alternative course of for all recalled Bolts and assuage homeowners that the automobiles are protected to cost and park.
GM is relying on a brand new superior diagnostic software program package deal to assist. The corporate mentioned it’ll launch the software program package deal, which can have to be put in by sellers, within the subsequent 60 days. The diagnostic software program is designed to detect particular abnormalities that may point out a broken battery in Bolt EVs and EUVs by monitoring the battery efficiency.
The software program will alert prospects of any anomalies, in keeping with GM, which mentioned prospects will have the ability to return to a 100% state of cost as soon as all diagnostic processes are full.
GM, which goals so as to add 30 new EVs to its world lineup by 2030, additionally should safe the battery cells it must energy these automobiles. LG is its major and longtime accomplice on this endeavor. Parks mentioned GM will “proceed to work aggressively with LG to acquire further battery provide.