GM  recall of all Chevy Bolts due to battery fire risk likely to cost $1 billion

Posted: August 20, 2021 by oldbrew in Batteries, flames, News, Travel
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Chevy Bolt [image credit: GM Authority]

No hope of ever breaking even on that model now, if there was any to start with. Another edition of the recurring lithium-ion safety issue in the world of EVs: battery ’emissions’. 
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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling all Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles sold worldwide to fix a battery problem that could cause fires.

The recall raises questions about lithium ion batteries, which now are used in nearly all electric vehicles.

President Joe Biden wants to convert 50% of the U.S. vehicle fleet from internal combustion to electricity by 2050 as part of a broader effort to fight climate change.

The recall announced Friday adds about 73,000 Bolts from the 2019 through 2022 model years to a previous recall of 69,000 older Bolts.

GM said that in rare cases the batteries have two manufacturing defects that can cause fires.

The Detroit-based automaker said it will replace the battery modules in all the vehicles.

The move will cost the company about $1 billion.

GM said owners should limit charging to 90% of battery capacity. The Bolts, including a new SUV, should be parked outdoors until the modes are replaced.

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Comments
  1. ilma630 says:

    So sleepy Joe wants to convert 50% of internal combustion to combusting 😭😭.

    And what will happen to all those defective batteries? Presumably sent for dumping, like all the old wind turbine blades.

  2. Scott says:

    But … science ..? Your nickel dendrites mean nothing to me. (french accent: “five seconds later”) boom!

  3. Will woke GM go broke ? and what of its woke (female) CEO?

  4. Graeme No.3 says:

    Amazing! You pack more energy into a small volume then have trouble.
    Who would have foreseen that?
    And for a realistic range you need to pack more energy (about 3 times) into that same volume. Well, you wouldn’t need nuclear weapons, just threaten to drop EVs on the bad guys.

  5. Chaswarnertoo says:

    What? Coal fired cars have battery problems? Who’d a thunk it?

  6. pameladragon says:

    GM has a history of stupid business decisions so deciding to make the Bolt was just another in a long line of stupid business decisions. Their stockholders should be clamoring for a change of leadership.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Of course the thermal runaway problem with lithium-ion batteries is not confined to vehicles.

    Safety warning: Samsung user says phone caught fire and exploded
    JUNE 1, 2020
    https://www.komando.com/news/samsung-phone-caught-fire-and-exploded/740549/

    Tesla big battery fire in Victoria under control after burning more than three days

    Lithium-Ion Aircraft Batteries as a Smoke/Fire Risk
    The NTSB has noted that “lithium batteries carried as cargo can be” both “a fire and explosion ignition source” and “a source of fuel to an existing fire” and that if subjected to overheating they “can create an explosive condition”.

    https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Lithium-Ion_Aircraft_Batteries_as_a_Smoke/Fire_Risk

  8. Gamecock says:

    It’s why we call them Government Motors. They make political decisions, not business decisions.

  9. Gamecock says:

    ‘President Joe Biden wants to convert 50% of the U.S. vehicle fleet from internal combustion to electricity by 2050’

    I see what they did there, trying to trick us into thinking BidenLOL has actual, cogent thoughts.

  10. oldbrew says:

    ‘President Joe Biden wants to convert 50% of the U.S. vehicle fleet from internal combustion to electricity by 2050’

    But his term in office only lasts 4 years 🤔

  11. Saighdear says:

    All this talk about changing FROM Internal Combustion can only mean ONE THING: E X T E R N A L combustion. What are the products of combustion of Lithium complexes then?
    By the way, How’s the Power wind generation doing these days? No fear of external combustion then, eh? or see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgtKwxzgggg

  12. ilma630 says:

    That’s if he (or his brain) lasts that long.

  13. Gamecock says:

    ‘General Motors is recalling all Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles sold worldwide to fix a battery problem that could cause fires.’

    Can they fix the ugliness while they have them in?

  14. oldbrew says:

    This is recall part 2…

    Report: The latest recall will cost the company about $1 billion, bringing the total cost of the Bolt battery recalls to $1.8 billion.


    A Chevy Bolt ablaze in a garage near Ashburn, Virginia [H/T The GWPF]

  15. tom0mason says:

    Western democracies appear to be gung-ho about using it’s populations as testers (victims) for each government (and their crony capitalist mates), who wish to foist on their gullible, and often innocent, populous whatever ‘white-heat of technology’ is currently in fashion.
    So why have cost-benefit assessments? — they’re unnecessary when there are so many gullibles willing to be testers by uncritically swallowing the government’s & manufacture’s line?
    Are the privileged top echelon groups partaking in such experimentation?

  16. oldbrew says:

    Not just an EV problem of course…

    AUGUST 24, 2021

    Cellphone catches fire on Alaska Airlines jet upon landing

    ‘The crew used fire extinguishers and a battery containment bag to stop the phone from smoking. Lane said crew members deployed the plane’s evacuation slides due to “hazy” conditions inside the cabin and that passengers slid down them to get out.’

    https://techxplore.com/news/2021-08-cell-alaska-airlines-jet.html
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    ‘a battery containment bag’ – obviously airlines are aware of such risks.

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