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Sept. 23, 2021—On the heels of a massive recall of its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles, General Motors says it is working "around the clock" to ensure its other EVs don't suffer from the same problems. 

The recall was issued due to an issue with GM's EV batteries that caused at least 13 Bolt units to suddenly catch on fire. According to a report from CNBC, the total cost of fixing all 140,000-plus recalled models will cost GM around $1.8 billion. 

Those same batteries, and the entire Ultium system the company developed around those batteries, look to be the foundation for each of GM's EVs for the foreseeable future, which places even more pressure on the company to find and resolve the issue. The upcoming GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq both use the Ultium system.

“There’s a commitment across the company to not only address the issue with the LG cells and the Bolt but also make sure that all the future products are set up for success,” Mike Harpster, chief engineer of electrification propulsion for GM, told CNBC. “There’s not creating the fault or defect, but there’s also how the pack and the vehicle respond to it. And on both those fronts, we’re moving very aggressive.”

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