Thursday, October 21, 2021

GM tells Bolt EV owners to park in deck away from vehicles

WASHINGTON-General Motors Co. on Wednesday recommended that Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle owners who park in decks, on the top floor or on open levels, at least 50 feet from other vehicles, citing potential fire risks. do so.

A company spokesperson said in an email that the precaution would “minimize potential damage to structures and nearby vehicles in the rare event of a potential fire”. He said GM sent notices to consumers who asked about the parking problem.

GM previously asked owners to park Bolt vehicles outside, away from structures and not charge them overnight.

GM also urged owners not to leave the Bolt EV unattended, even if using the charging station in the parking deck. This recommendation was previously reported by Bloomberg News.

In August GM extended its bolt recall to more than 140,000 vehicles to replace the battery module, which is now estimated to cost $1.8 billion after 10 fires reported. The automaker said it would seek reimbursement from GM battery supplier LG.

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Last week, the largest US automaker said it would close its Michigan assembly plant for two weeks after recalling the Bolt battery issue.

GM said the expansion of production at the Orion assembly plant would last until at least September 24, which was “the result of a battery pack shortage” related to the recall.

GM will not resume Bolt production or sales until it is satisfied that the recall measure will address the fire risk issue, it added.

by David Shepardson

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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