GM Tells Bolt Owners to Park 50 Feet Away From Other Cars

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This is a shocking development.
General Motors Co. urged some owners of Chevrolet Bolt electric cars to park and store the vehicles at least 50 feet away from other cars to reduce the risk that a spontaneous fire could spread.

The Detroit automaker has recalled all of the roughly 142,000 Bolts sold since 2016 because the battery can catch on fire. GM has taken a $1.8 billion charge so far for the cost of the recall and has been buying cars back from some disgruntled owners. The company expects to recoup much of the cost from battery supplier LG Corp.

The new advice is likely to rankle owners who are already limiting their use of the Bolt to avoid overheating the battery and risking a fire. The parking guidance -- recommending a distance of 50 feet from other parked cars -- is especially difficult for owners in urban areas. GM has confirmed 10 fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the agency has found 13 fires in Bolts, but the company hasn’t confirmed the additional three are part of the current recall issue.

The Bolt normally can go 259 miles on a charge, but that has been limited by GM’s guidance to avoid a fire. The automaker told Bolt owners to limit the charge to 90%, plug in more frequently and avoid depleting the battery to below about 70 miles of remaining range. They’re also advised to park their vehicles outside immediately after charging and not leave them charging indoors overnight.

The company will be telling Bolt owners who are concerned about parking in public places that it recommends keeping 50 feet from other cars in garages and lots, spokesman Dan Flores said.

GM has said the fires are a rare event and are the result of two uncommon defects that stem from a manufacturing problem in LG plants in Michigan and South Korea.
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Re: GM Tells Bolt Owners to Park 50 Feet Away From Other Cars

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Not good news for Korea's LG corp. or for GM. The problem with recalls is that a notification in the mail doesn't mean your local dealership has the parts in stock to resolve the issue, it can take time. GM and Chevrolet are likely pulling out all the stops, no one wants the Bolt having a stereotype like the Ford Pinto.
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As a Bolt owner, this is really irritating. I was also involved in VW diesel gate. Good times. GM is putting a serious burden on the owners of these while it fiddles. If the danger is so high, they need to buy them back. They are not cheap cars, so owners are going to expect more than "park it outside, don't completely charge it and don't park near other cars" as a fix. Kinda defeats the purpose of a long range EV.

It's too bad. I love mine.

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featureless wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 1:10 pm As a Bolt owner, this is really irritating. I was also involved in VW diesel gate. Good times. GM is putting a serious burden on the owners of these while it fiddles. If the danger is so high, they need to buy them back. They are not cheap cars, so owners are going to expect more than "park it outside, don't completely charge it and don't park near other cars" as a fix. Kinda defeats the purpose of a long range EV.

It's too bad. I love mine.

GM is buying them back, though not publicizing it.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/18/cars/che ... gfooterold
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Isn't it ironic that Elon Musk has bitterly fought the use and expansion of Hydrogen-powered vehicles, either using H2 combustion or fuel cells to generate electricity.
While H2 is explosive and corrosive, charging is unnecessary, and the drawbacks can be worked around.
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