NHTSA, the US American Federal Highway and Vehicle Safety Administration launched an investigation in response to complaints about Chevrolet Bolt electric cars catching fire. Again, there appears to be a problem with the batteries.
So far, there has not been an official recall. Still, it is also unclear whether the Opel Ampera-e is similarly affected, given that it is identical in construction and assembled at the same plant. According to US reports, the official probe now underway relates to 77,842 Bolt EVs from the 2017 through 2020 model years, when the Ampera-e was also being built in large quantities.
Lately, quite a few of the world’s largest carmakers are wondering what the problem is with their car batteries: Hyundai is apparently working on a worldwide recall of the Kona Electric, whereby battery supplier LG Chem is looking into its responsibility. BMW is again recalling plug-in hybrids, this time because of impurities in the battery. And deliveries of the Ford Kuga PHEV are still suspended because Ford apparently hasn’t solved the problem with the overheating battery yet, which is why no recall has been initiated.
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