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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV on display at the Chicago Auto Show. Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

General Motors is recalling Chevy Bolts from model years 2017–2019, citing fire risk related to the electric car's lithium-ion batteries.

Flashback: The automaker already recalled some of the Bolts in November over concerns about battery fires.

  • The software update completed after the first recall "was not fully effective in addressing the safety risk in the vehicle,” per WSJ.

The big picture: Electric vehicles are a small part of the overall car market. But it’s the part that’s growing — and right now is a critical time in the race to establish dominance.

  • Legacy carmakers are intensifying plans to compete. They're facing off against the likes of Tesla and a handful of specialized startups, many of which have gone public via SPACs.

Context: In the race to get to market, GM's not the only one to issue EV recalls related to fires involving lithium-ion batteries — Ford, BMW and Hyundai have had to do it too.

Go deeper

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Oct 7, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Electric takeaways from General Motors' new business plan

Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

General Motors is offering detailed revenue goals for its electric vehicle business and new info about plans for new models.

Driving the news: Here are the juicy bits of their investor presentation and announcements Wednesday.

  • GM's gunning for "leadership in EV market share" — a shot across Tesla's bow — with a broad portfolio of high-volume EVs.
Oct 7, 2021 - Technology

GM will vastly expand hands-free driving by 2023

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Starting in 2023, owners of some premium General Motors vehicles will be able to push a button and navigate hands-free in 95% of driving situations — including highways, subdivisions and city streets.

Why it matters: Ultra Cruise — the next-generation assisted-driving technology that GM introduced Wednesday — is a giant step forward in the automaker's goal of "zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion."

Updated 8 hours ago - World

U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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