Chevrolet Bolt to get software update to prevent fires

by Kelvin
Chevrolet Bolt to get software update to prevent fires

In search of solutions for fires caused by the battery of the electric Bolt, Chevrolet announced last Thursday (18) that it will carry out a recall of the model in April, in order to update the software to a version capable of identifying the problem before it occurs.

According to the automaker, a team of engineers made “substantial progress” in identifying the cause of the electric car battery fires and defining potential solutions for the failure. However, the company did not reveal what was the cause of the problem.

As for the solution, the company says, in a statement posted on its website, that it is working on “state-of-the-art software capable of diagnosing potential problems in advance and restoring 100% of the load capacity”, which will be available from April onwards. , probably.

  

As a temporary solution to prevent new Bolt EV battery fires, Chevrolet recently released an update that restricts the hatch’s battery charging capacity to 90%. The automaker has recommended that owners take the vehicle to a dealership to update the system.

Hyundai must change batteries

Like the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai has also faced fires in the Kona electric SUV. Recently, the Asian brand announced the carrying out of a recall of 77,000 units of the automobile in South Korea.

In negotiations with the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the South Korean automaker may be forced to change the batteries of all summoned cars, in addition to extending the recall to other electrified models, such as the Ioniq PHEV and the Ioniq Electric .

A problem in the battery cell separator supplied by LG Energy Solution, caused by failures during the component’s manufacture, would be responsible for the fires. It is worth remembering that the company is the same electric supplier of Chevrolet.