The combination of cold-weather and a recent software update is diminishing the Chevy Bolt's range by an estimated 33% according to a new class-action lawsuit. That has sparked some serious range anxiety for Canadian owners. Most EV owners are aware that cold weather is going to slow the battery down a bit, but that problem has been compounded by GM's decision to limit the Bolt's charging capacity to 90%.
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- That limitation is temporarily in place to prevent the car from catching on fire. Seems like a good idea. Although I guess if you ended up stranded on the side of a cold Canadian highway a Bolt bonfire isn't the worst thing that could happen.
- This isn't the only range anxiety lawsuit to pop up after that decision. And with cold-weather swooping all the way down to Texas I wouldn't be surprised if we see more like it.
GM believes new software updates will allow Bolt owners to fully charge their batteries once again. Owners were asked to temporarily limit their battery's charging capacity to stop defective cells from sparking a flame and make the EV extra