GM is Investigating a Chevy Bolt That Allegedly Caught Fireplace Parked, Unplugged In a single day

On Tuesday, the proprietor of a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV posted pictures of his car burnt to an unsalvageable state in a parking zone on Reddit.

The proprietor, Jesus Damian, who posted to the r/BoltEV subreddit, commented that, “My automotive exploded at 2am whereas sitting unplugged in a parking zone. Chevy has no response and has simply advised me to attend for me to get a name again. They’re performing as if it is no huge deal”

Automobiles parked round his within the lot have been additionally broken within the blaze.

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Responding to quite a few questions within the thread, Damian stated that the automotive had 34 miles left on its vary and about 36,000 miles on it.

He additionally stated that he normally costs the automotive on a Degree 2 charger whereas at work, usually reaching an 85 % cost.

In a brief video taken by a neighbor on the time of the incident, firefighters are seen responding to the blaze, unspooling a fireplace hose.

Reached by electronic mail, Damian advised Newsweek that he is ready for a name from Chevrolet to go over the incident.

“Thus far Chevy has stated that they have no idea what the reason for the hearth is and due to this fact can’t give me a definitive reply,” he stated.

When requested for remark by way of electronic mail, Daniel Flores of GM Communications despatched this assertion to Newsweek:

“Now we have been involved with the proprietor who posted concerning the latest incident. Now we have begun an investigation to find out the potential reason behind this fireplace.”

When requested on the Reddit thread about how he discovered concerning the hearth, Damian stated that he woke as much as an alert on the myChevrolet app.

“I used to be strolling to my automotive to go to work within the morning and located it like that.”

GM not too long ago issued a recall for all Chevy Bolts, roughly 142,000 automobiles, after initially limiting the recall to about 69,000 of the autos from mannequin years 2019 to 2022.

The corporate has attributed the handful of fires to a defect within the lithium-ion batteries produced by LG. Manufacturing of the Bolt has stopped and is not anticipated to renew till mid-September.

The restore course of on the recalled autos can also be on maintain till the corporate is assured within the substitute batteries provided by LG.

GM has stated that till these repairs could be accomplished, Bolt homeowners ought to set a cost limitation of 90 %, cost it extra continuously, keep away from going beneath 70 miles of remaining vary and park their autos outdoors instantly after charging.