If you own a 2017 thru 2019 Chevrolet Bolt, you shouldn’t park it in a garage or near you after charging it. The warning came after two recent vehicle fires in recent weeks. Recall notice applies to 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs, including 50,000 in the United States
GM says it sent the warning out of “being cautious,” and goes so far as to suggest that you shouldn’t charge your vehicle overnight. Overnight charging is a common practice with electric vehicles because they take longer to charge than it does to fill a gas tank.
The worrying part here is that the two bolts that caught fire were already part of a previous reminder due to the same problem. It looks like GM’s previous patch didn’t work. This is also of concern because the 2017 to 2019 models use the same LG Chem battery cells as in Hyundai electric vehicles, which also have a recall due to fires.
GM has already created a diagnostic tool designed to avoid this problem, but for now it’s only standard for the 2022 and 2023 Bolts and will come on older models later. It seems that sooner is better than later.