Updated Chevy Bolt software to limit fees to 80% and remove restrictions
General Motors has announced a software update for Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV owners to address the electric vehicle battery fire issue.
While the reminder to replace the batteries remains in place, the new update will allow owners to re-park in garages, charge indoors overnight, and operate their vehicles below the range threshold. of 70 miles.
These are all things they were previously asked not to do during the recall period, so it looks like the ownership experience will become more tolerable than before. The previous recommendation limited the state of charge to a maximum of 90% and a minimum of 70 miles of range.
In comparison, the new update restricts total range by an additional 10% at the top, although it does allow owners to fully discharge the battery if necessary, unlocking greater total range.
Here’s what GM said in a statement sent to Electrek:
As battery module replacements continue as part of the previously announced recall, Chevrolet has advised 2019 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle owners who have not yet received their replacement battery modules that it will begin installation. a software update that will remove parking and load limitations on their vehicles. while we work on building replacement battery modules. We anticipate that this software will be available to other Bolt EV and EUV owners in the recall population within approximately the next 30 days. “
The update will also run diagnostics “designed to detect specific anomalies that may indicate a rare battery problem,GM said. It will target vehicles whose batteries have not been replaced as part of the current battery recall.
The software update for 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV owners will start rolling out first; For owners of Bolt EV 2017-2018 and Bolt EV and EUV 2020 or later versions, the software update will be available within the next 30 days.
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV owners who have not yet had the battery fully replaced should contact their dealers, the automaker added. GM dealers began replacing Bolt EV and EUV battery packs in early November.