140,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs are recalled due to a fire risk while recharging
Battery shortages and uncertainty about how to fix the problem leave GM unable to provide a timeline for repairs
Owners are told to only charge the car outside, while supervised
General Motors issued a recall of all Chevrolet Bolt models produced since 2017 after ten cars caught fire while they were charging.
Investigations revealed the fires were caused by two separate manufacturing defects in the Bolt’s battery pack.
GM has announced it will replace every Bolt’s batteries, but shortages and conflicts with the supplier (LG chem) mean there is no timeline for the repairs and owners are left in the dark.
The charging guidelines published by General Motors as part of the recall are designed to reduce the possibility of injuries and property damages, but they are also a major inconvenience to most Bolt owners as Automotive News first reported after speaking with one particular owner from Phoenix, Arizona.
Indeed, the cars should not be charged inside a garage and owners are supposed to monitor their car constantly during the process. Considering many electric car owners have installed their level 2 charger in their garage, they will need to use level 1 chargers which increase charging times significantly.
Furthermore, the need to be physically close to the car when it is charging means that almost everyone who used to charge their car while they were at work cannot do it anymore, nor can they charge them while they sleep.
These measures make the vehicles inconvenient to use at best and almost useless at worst. Owners are now waiting to hear more from GM, but it could be a long time before they can use their cars normally again.