New batteries are promised to be safe.
As GM slowly starts to convert brands like Cadillac and Chevrolet to electric power, there's bound to be some hiccups. Take the Chevrolet Bolt: this small EV has proven to be quite popular until it started randomly exploding into flames. GM has issued numerous warnings, and even undertook an expensive recall and halted production of its battery packs. While Chevrolet and GM try to figure out the issue, there have been mass calls for refunds, with many customers threatening class-action lawsuits, but there might be a non-life-threatening light at the end of the tunnel: Chevrolet has just announced that Chevy Bolt EV battery production has resumed.
According to the manufacturer, LG battery cell and module production has resumed with updated manufacturing processes and new advanced diagnostics software for increased safety. "We're grateful for the patience of owners and dealers as we work to advance solutions to this recall. Resuming battery module production is a first step and we'll continue to work aggressively with LG to obtain additional battery supply. In addition, we're optimistic a new advanced diagnostic software will provide more convenience for our customers," said Doug Parks, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.
LG plants in Holland and Hazel Park, Michigan are moving ahead with production, and claims that replacement battery modules will start shipping to dealers as soon as mid-October. LG and GM have pointed to a torn anode and a folded separator as the cause of recent battery fires, and new battery manufacturing processes promise to eliminate the issue going forward. New diagnostic software will ensure that abnormalities are picked up before they become a bigger issue and will require dealer installation. The replacement batteries will come with an 8-year/100,000-mile limited warranty and Bolt EV owners can schedule a software update in two months time.