GM has started shipping replacement battery modules for recalled Chevy Bolt electric vehicles – TechCrunch


General Motors has started shipping replacement battery modules for the recalled Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles to dealers after delays due to shutdowns of several manufacturing plants due to widespread semiconductor shortages.

The two battery assembly plants in the Netherlands and Hazel Park, Michigan, resumed production at the end of September. At that time, GM said replacement battery modules would be shipped to dealerships as early as mid-October.

The vehicles will be prioritized based on “specific construction timeframe” or batches of vehicles that it says appear to be grouped together, GM said. The replacement process should take about two days at a dealership, and the new batteries will come with an 8-year or 100,000-mile limited warranty. GM will also launch new diagnostic software by mid-November to monitor batteries in electric vehicles, which will also be installed at a dealership.

The recall was issued after the automaker discovered two manufacturing flaws, a torn anode tab and a bent separator, which together can increase the risk of fire. This is the third time that GM has issued a recall for the vehicle, and the most comprehensive, covering all Bolt EV and EUV models manufactured since 2017.

The news will surely be welcome for Bolt drivers, who have been recommended by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration to park their vehicles away from home in case of fire risk. GM has also advised Bolt owners not to park within fifty feet of other vehicles, Bloomberg reported.

In total, GM is expected to spend around $ 1.8 billion in costs associated with repairing defective Bolt batteries. The automaker said it would seek reimbursement from its battery partner, LG Chem, in the amount of around $ 1 billion.

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