In 2019, Chevrolet Bolt EV caught fire in Cherokee County, Georgia. Soon after that, several dozen bolts around the world began to light up and even damage the surrounding property. The brief after the general motors announced official feedback for Chevroly Bolt EV. So far, first the feedback was limited by some software updates, it was soon inadequate.
In 2020, Chevrolet began to offer software updates for EV bolt owners, which would limit their charging capacity up to 90%. It was estimated that the main culprit, and the most likely ways can avoid future accidents.
My EXPERIENCE WITH FAULTY BATTERY PACK
As the past 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV owner EV himself, I knew the first hand, what batteries were like a bolt. Although I was not going to get any modifications of my bolt EV, I did not have a choice but to do, since my car battery is faulty from the lota dealer.
It was only 60-70% of the available range, he had to have. In a nutshell, I would receive 110 miles on the highway, driving on a stable, 70 miles per hour.
In my way back to Virginia (where I lived), it was clear that the range was not added. For a car with only 32 thousand miles, degradation should not have been such it early.
When I took the car to the car dealership, they first told that I had a faulty module that just needed was replaced. This in 2020 I decided and said: "Let me know when the package comes, I will come back straight."
Quickly forward almost 2 months later, the package arrived, the car it is installed, and I threw the car for my money (aka, I put it under some serious range tests).
The conclusion was the same. The range was the same. Nothing changed.
GM's Second Solution ...
Returning to the car in the car dealership and further investigation, they came to the conclusion that I need a completely new battery package, the only question was ... How long would it require for him, and how long it would require it for this.
Fortunately, in just a few weeks, the battery pack arrived, and the repair process was conducted.
In the small town of Front Royal Virginia there was only one technical, which specializes in the repair of electrical and hybrid cars. Catch him to work on my car was like a chase for a dog around the tree ... The guy was busy with everyone except my car.
I checked every day.
I would go at night to see if my car was on the elevator.
In the end, I stopped checking and simply told myself: "I will check in 2 weeks."
A few weeks later I called them, and they said: "Your car is ready for work." It was music for my ears! I was excited, but nervous ... maybe it is not fixed forever.
Thank God the car was fixed and ready for admission, they were good enough to charge the car overnight and proceed to the car, I immediately saw the difference in the range of full battery.
The Chevrolet Dealer Center has installed a free software update that limited the charging capacity of its car to 90-95%. According to the apparatus of torque, I was 94% right before charging.
On the full battery and averaging from 3.4 to 3.7 miles per kWh, I received 210-220 miles of the range (as a gift). That was hell difference from 135 to 168 miles of the range, the car showed that I was very careful with driving.
The battery was delivered through his chances.
This, of course, the long story is short, but I have to say ... it was tense. During my time in Virginia, I traveled almost 30,000 miles from the moment when I bought it in December 2020, by that time I sold it at the end of June 2021.
The car was flawless and let me tell you, I put Chevrolet EV bolt in a few difficult times. Snow, ice, rain, wind, gravel roads, highway, top speed runs (not very fast), and I traveled to wet the hub and Uber to EV bolt for sometimes 6 days a week 200-300 miles per day. The car was champions, I can not say good enough things about it.
Final Fix Ready ... Just BEFORE THE SALE
Just a month before I sold the car, I was finally able to get a car updated in the Chevrolet dealer center in Estero, Florida and will restore the total 100% loading potential that the car did not miss most of his life. I must say, an additional 10-20 miles of the range on the dashboard made a noticeable difference when I woke up and look in the driving range on the dash. This time, the experience of my car's experience, he felt fine.
Unfortunately, the property was short living due to several changes in my life, one of which would not allow me to no longer allow the EV bolt, not completely destroying the suspension of the car. I started a business removal. At the same time, the EV bolt began to show some problems with the torsion beam when accelerating and slowing. It was a long time for a few months, but over time it seemed worse. Thanks to this, I had no choice but to sell the car. I returned the best blow to the truck in the bank, the border guard Nissan (at the moment). However, almost every day I wish the border guard to be electric.
Good news is that electric trucks go faster than most people expect. Lightning Ford F150 will be here next year and even better that Rivian R1T is already sent before the first customers. How do I know that Rivian R1T goes?
Life in Fort Myers, I saw a yellow ride. I could not believe my eyes ... first, but it was there.
Today in November 2021, What's Going ON?
Chevrolet EV bolt (and the new EV and EUV bolt) remember the same GM problem, it seemed that it was fixed. When I write it, LG will take the main blow to the financial impact and, like hope permanent correction, GM will replace the battery or redeem the rear bolt EV from the owners in this round of fixation. One of the most frequently asked questions is currently when the Bolt EV battery problems are solved?
Time will tell.
If you are the owner of Chevrolet Bolt EV, you must transfer it to GM to create one of the best electromotive values on the market, BAR-NONE. Even on this crazy used car market, you can get an electric vehicle with more than 200 miles from the range of less than 20,000 dollars. Not many manufacturers can say it right now.