General Motors is not having the best of luck with its Chevrolet Bolt EV, thanks to a recall annually because of battery fires. However, the firm recently declared its plans to install a final software update to halt the threat.
The problem here is Bolt owners have to take their car to a dealer so the battery packs may be scrutinized, followed with a new software upgrade to prevent possible problems such as fire risks. Sadly, this isn’t available over the air, so owners have to physically go to a dealership.
Once drivers appear at the automobile, a tech will install”advanced onboard diagnostic software” on all affected vehicles. And according to GM, this software could”detect potential issues related to changes in battery module performance before problems can develop.” Potentially stopping Chevy Bolt EV fires by catching problems ahead of time. Moving ahead, this software will come standard on all new Bolts.
In a little bit of bad timing, right as this news arrived, reports surfaced Electrek about another Bolt EV fire. But we’re unsure if this automobile had received this all-new software upgrade. As you can see, not providing over-the-air automated software upgrades, as a Tesla can, can be problematic for automakers.
It’s worth noting that after the recall in 2020, GM introduced an update restricting the Bolt battery to 90 percent charging in hopes of preventing flames, but that wasn’t enough. Nowadays, users are optimistic this next manual update are the”final fix” that gives drivers reassurance. When the remedy software gets installed, the dealer will remove the 90 percent fee limit and return the battery to full charging capacities.
If you have a 2017 and above Chevy Bolt EV, phone a nearby dealership and make your appointment today.
through: The Verge