Generally speaking, there seems to be an issue facing General Motors at present. So what’s the problem? In an era where the internal combustion engine is swiftly on its way out, with more and more impetus being given to electric vehicles, it doesn’t appear as though that GM have got it figured out all too well in the EV space. This is in stark contrast to the company’s ambitious goals, which as per the brand’s vision, is to sell millions of EVs in global sales.
As a matter of fact, as of the last year, GM sold 2,00, 000 EVs around the world but 2021 might not be the most productive periods after all. So what’s gone wrong at present?
A few hours back, one of the most engaging pieces of news from mainland United States concerned that very automotive brand which has shaped the firmament of the automotive industry in the world by producing timeless creations such as the Pontiac, Cadillac and the Oldsmobile Tornado, to quote just a few.
The very car that’s primed to catapult Chevrolet’s presence in the electric car space, the Bolt EV has run into an engineering problem.
GM took no time whatsoever in calling back as many as 70,000 Bolt EVs from around the American market. But rigorous reporting on the issue soon after suggested that no fewer than 70,000 Bolt EVs had been recalled back from not just the homeland of the great General Motors, i.e., the United States but also the Canadian markets where the last few hours stood.
And if you were wondering as to what might the problem have been then it’s strange to note that the current Bolt EV’s have been recalled siding with a problem that makes the cars catch fire.
To call up to 100 or 500 car units is treatable and considered not such a massive issue after all, but to recall no fewer than 70,000 cars signals a massive anomaly in the system. Does it not?
Meanwhile, the news concerning GM’s immediacy in recalling its electric vehicles quickly snowballed into something big, for the likes of CNN reporting the following on the glaring issue:
The recall comes after GM had previously recalled about 70,000 Bolt vehicles for the same potential problem. The recall now covers Bolt EV and EUVs from 2017 to 2022.The recalled Bolt vehicles can catch fire after being charged due to a manufacturing defect, the company said. Until the batteries in the recalled vehicles can be checked and replaced, if necessary, GM recommends the vehicles be set to charge to only 90%. Owners should also charge their vehicles more frequently and avoid allowing the battery to be depleted to less than about 70 miles of driving range. The vehicles should also be parked outdoors right after charging and should not be charged indoors.GM now says it is pursuing reimbursements from Korean battery manufacturer LG, the company that made the batteries that, GM said, are the cause of the problem.LG did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
At the moment, moving on, it occurs as though the current problems are concerned with the battery component of the car. It’s rumoured- and not clear at the moment- that there was an error in two rare manufacturing errors of the batteries related to 2017 and 2019 batch of EV’s.