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Chevrolet Volt gets software update to avoid stalling

Some 2013 Chevrolet Volt owners report that the Volt’s electric motor has suddenly shut off while the vehicle was in motion, Read writes.

This February 2012 file photo, shows a 2012 Chevrolet Volt at a Chevrolet dealership in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo. General Motors has begun contacting owners of the 2013 Volt about a potential flaw in the car’s control-system software, Read writes.\

TLike it or not, car tech is changing. And as that technology changes, so does the way that we maintain and service our vehicles.

As proof, look no further than a problem currently affecting the 2013 Chevrolet Volt.

According to the Detroit News, General Motors has begun contacting owners of the 2013 Volt about a potential flaw in the car’s control-system software. Some owners report that the Volt’s electric motor has suddenly shut off while the vehicle was in motion, forcing drivers to coast to a stop, turn off the car, and restart it.

The problem only seems to affect vehicles whose owners have made use of the Volt’s delayed charging feature. That feature allows owners to schedule times at which the Volt’s battery recharges, based on local utility rates. (For example, it’s often cheapest to recharge in the middle of the night, when usage is at its lowest.)

Though no accidents or injuries have been associated with the electric motor shut-downs, having a car suddenly lose power is unnerving. GM is asking all 4,000 owners of the 2013 Volt to visit their local Chevy dealer, who will re-boot the car’s software. Until that update is carried out, GM asks Volt owners to switch from delayed to immediate charging, which seems to solve the problem.
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