Chevrolet asks Bolt EV owners to practice the automotive equivalent of social distancing over concerns that their vehicles could catch fire. The automaker sent a notice to Bolt EV electric cars owners to tell them that they should plan to park at least 50 feet away from other vehicles and avoid parking garages or other structures until dealers can replace their battery modules.
Batteries made by LG Energy Solution can catch fire unexpectedly. The latest warning from Chevrolet parent General Motors is perhaps the direst yet after the automaker asked owners to enable a setting that prevents batteries from charging to 100% and to skip unsupervised overnight charging.
Chevy will recall over 140,000 Bolt EV hatchbacks to replace the entire battery modules, a move that will cost the automaker about $1.8 billion. For now, GM says it is still working on securing enough new batteries to undertake the recall.
So far, there have been reports of 10 fires linked to defective batteries, including one that occurred earlier this week in Georgia. That most recent blaze occurred inside a garage. It’s not clear if the Bolt EV owner was aware of the automaker’s recommendation to park outdoors. See Chevrolet Bolt EV models for sale