The Chevrolet Bolt recall has begun; cars will get new battery packs

A colorful display for a hunk of metal and plastic about the size of two skateboards side-by-side.

Enlarge / This is the 60kWh battery pack found inside a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The front of the pack is to the right of the picture, and the hump to the left is the double-stacked modules that live under the rear seat. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin)

Chevrolet was one of the first automakers to market with a long-range battery-electric vehicle, the Bolt EV. Unfortunately for the US automaker, it’s also now the first to have to issue a massive recall after manufacturing defects with the car’s lithium-ion battery cells were identified as the cause of a number of fires.

Chevrolet’s first fix was a software remedy, started in November 2020, before faulty manufacturing was recognized as the true culprit. Now the plan is relatively simple, if expensive: replace every Bolt EV’s battery pack with a new one, at a cost of more than $1.8 billion.

Those replacements have now begun, with Chevrolet contacting owners to let them know what’s going to happen.

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