According to a quarterly report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Wednesday, General Motors has repaired nearly half of the vehicles in an extended, running Chevrolet Bolt EV battery recall.
First seen by Reddit users, the report shows that as of April 22, 26,925 vehicles out of a total of 57,414 had been recalled. This is about 45% of the total number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall, which fixes production defects that can cause battery fires.
Also, 210 vehicles were listed as “inaccessible” and another 345 were listed as “removed”. The owners were notified of the withdrawal between August 13, 2021 and October 12, 2021, according to the report.
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
All Bolt EV models, as well as Bolt UV derivatives, are affected by the recall. But GM has chosen to replace the battery modules in all 2017-2019 models. These vehicles probably make up a large portion of the recall population, which means a lot of extra batteries will be needed on top of those scheduled for use in new vehicles.
After several months of suspension, GM resumed production of the Bolt EV and Bolt UV on April 4 at its Orion Assembly plant in Michigan. Production stopped in August 2021 and remained so until the beginning of April, with the exception of a brief resumption in November 2021.
Battery supplier LG is paying $ 1.9 billion to recall GM, which happened just as GM was preparing its new-generation Altium cell jointly developed with the company. GM and LG also remain partners in Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture with plans for four battery plants supplying cells for GM EV production. So far GM has confirmed locations in Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan that match the designated assembly plant for future EVs.